The number of smartphone owners in the US increased by 14pc to 60.7 million in the three months ending October 2010, according to a new report from comScore.

This means that one in four US mobile subscribers now owns a smartphone.

RIM was the leading mobile smartphone platform in the US with a 35.8pc share of smartphone subscribers, followed by Apple with a 24.6pc share. Google Android increased its share of the market by 6.5 percentage points to 23.5pc of all smartphone subscribers.

comScore’s report also found that in the three months to October, 68.1pc of US mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device, up 2.1 percentage points compared with the previous three month period, while browsers were used by 36.2pc of U.S. mobile subscribers (up 2.6 percentage points).

Some 33.7pc of the mobile audience used downloaded applications, while 24.2pc accessed social networking sites or blogs, 23.7pc played games, and 15.4pc listened to music.

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