comScore Says Android is Expanding Lead Over Apple in Smartphone Market Share

comScore on Tuesday published the latest data from its MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending March 2012.

Here’s what we now know. Google Android, not surprisingly, continued to grow its share in the U.S. smartphone market, accounting for 51 percent of smartphone subscribers.

Apple now trails dramatically with just over 30 percent of the market share.

RIM ranked third with 12.3 percent share, followed by Microsoft (3.9 percent) and Symbian (1.4 percent).

For the three-month average period ending in March, 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices. More than 106 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones.

“In March,” comSCore reports, “74.3 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device. Downloaded applications were used by 50 percent of subscribers (up 2.4 percentage points), while browsers were used by 49.3 percent (up 1.8 percentage points).”

To check out the complete findings of the new comScore study, click here.