- The number of U.S. smartphone subscribers surpassed the 100-million mark in January, up 13 percent since October to 101.3 million subscribers.
- Google Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 48.6 percent market share (up 2.3 percentage points) followed by Apple with 29.5 percent market share (up 1.4 percentage points). RIM ranked third with 15.2 percent share, followed by Microsoft (4.4 percent) and Symbian (1.5 percent).
- 74% U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device, up 2.8 percentage points.
- Downloaded applications were used by 48.6 percent of subscribers (up 4.8 percentage points)
- Accessing of social networking sites or blogs increased 3.4 percentage points to 35.7 percent of mobile subscribers.
- Game-playing was done by 31.8 percent of the mobile audience (up 2.6 percentage points)
- 24.5 percent listened to music on their phones (up 3.3 percentage points)
Close to the hills of Apple’s patent win againsts HTC (Android) ( about which I blogged yesterday), now Microsoft scored a patent victory against Motorola Mobility which is now part of Google. As per ITC Judge’s ruling , Motorola violates four claims in patent number 6,370,566 related to meeting requests and group scheduling. In such event, one has to either backout products violating the patents or pay technology license fees. Microsoft does enter into such agreements however it is interesting to see what would Google do. May be work around the solution?