Android & Apple Increase Smartphone Share

Android and Apple both continue to dominate the U.S. smartphone market, reports C/Net. Smartphone owners in the U.S. past 100-million in January, reaching 101.3 million subscribers, according to ComScore.

ComScore says that Android increased its lead by more than 2 percentage points during the three-month period ending in January. At the same time, iOS saw its share rise by 1.4 points. Both platforms enjoyed a prosperous holiday season, with a record number of device activations on Christmas and the surrounding days.

Other mobile platforms continued to lose market share. BlackBerry maker RIM dropped two points to 15.2 percent over the three-month period seen by ComScore. Microsoft lost a point to sink to 4.4 percent. And Nokia’s Symbian trailed a 1.5 percent share.

One Billion Smartphone users are expected by 2016, worldwide, according to Forrester Research.

Apple, Google and Microsoft are expected to control around 90 per cent of the market by 2016.

Also by 2016, consumer spending in the mobile app market will reach $56 billion while businesses spending on mobile projects will double in growth. Roughly 200 million are expected to bring their own smartphones to work, but tablets will get the same treatment with roughly 70 per cent of those used for work would be owned by the employees themselves.

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