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Monday, December 17, 2012

Smartphone penetration reaches 55% in Europe

More than 6 in 10 UK mobile phone users have a smartphone

Smartphone penetration across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom - the ‘EU5’ - hit 54.6% during the three-month period from August to the end of October 2012, according to the comScore MobiLens service. It found that Spain had the highest smartphone penetration in Europe (63.2% of mobile phone users) followed by the UK at 62.3%. Spain also had the most dramatic growth, up almost 15 percentage points from last year.

Looking specifically at the UK, Apple was the most popular smartphone manufacturer. Its iPhone range is now the hands of 28% of the country’s smartphone users, while Samsung doubled its market share and moved up to second place with 24%. Google’s Android had the largest UK share of operating systems at 46.6%, followed by Apple at 28% and RIM at 15.2%.

Top smartphone manufacturers: UK share of smartphone users

Manufacturer October 2011 October 2012
Apple 26.5% 28.0%
Samsung 11.2% 24.0%
RIM (BlackBerry) 17.7% 15.2%
HTC 17.7% 15.0%
Nokia 16.0% 7.9%


Top smartphone operating systems: UK share of smartphone users

Mobile platform October 2011 October 2012
Google Android 34.2% 46.6%
Apple iOS 26.5% 28.0%
RIM 17.7% 15.2%
Symbian 17.2% 6.4%
Microsoft Windows Phone 2.6% 3.1%

[Total UK smartphone subscribers aged 13+; three month average Ending Oct 2012 vs. Oct 2011]

Author: The Fonecast
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