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comScore: 29% Of U.S. Mobile Phone Subscribers Play Mobile Games

An ongoing survey of more than 30,000 mobile phone owners in the United States has revealed that the amount of people playing games is slowly on the rise, up 1.6 percent between May and August.
The amount of people using their mobile phones to play games is on the rise, according to a recent survey. According to comScore, 28.5 percent of the 30,000 mobile phone subscribers the company surveyed in the United States in August used their devices to play games, an increase of 1.6 from the 26.9 percent who made that claim in May. As the amount of feature-rich phones become more popular in the marketplace, mobile usage beyond calling and texting is continuing to grow across all sectors. The biggest growth the survey found was in the usage of apps, which grew 3 percent to 41.6, followed closely by social networking and accessing an internet browser. The survey also revealed that Google's Android operating system is still rapidly expanding its market share, now claiming 43.7 percent (up 5.6 percent). This is not due to a decline in Apple market share, which itself grew 0.7 percent, but is instead attributed to declining sales of devices such as RIM's BlackBerry. A recent study by Nielsen shows that games are the most popular smartphone apps.

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