August 1, 2014

Canada: Statistics: Smartphone Adoption Reaches 40 Percent in Canada

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New numbers from comScore.

  • RIM Continues to Lead Smartphone Market, with Apple a Close Second
  • Google Android Doubles its Smarthone Market Share in Past Six Months to 25

comScore today released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the Canada mobile phone industry for September 2011. The report ranked the leading mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and smartphone operating system (OS) platforms in Canada according to their share of current mobile subscribers ages 13 and older, and reviewed the most popular activities and content accessed via the subscriber’s primary mobile phone. The September report found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.2 percent market share, while RIM led among smartphone platforms with 35.8 percent share of that market segment.

Smartphone Platform Market Share

8 million people in Canada owned smartphones in September 2011, representing 40 percent of the mobile market in Canada, a gain of 7 percentage points in the past six months. RIM ranked as the top platform with 35.8 percent of the smartphone market, followed by Apple at 30.1 percent. Google Android gained ground among the competition by doubling its market share to 25.0 over the past six months. Symbian ranked fourth with 4.2 percent share, followed by Microsoft with 3.2 percent.

Mobile Content Usage

Canadians use their mobile devices to access a wide variety of content. In September, 67.4 percent of the total Canada mobile audience used text messaging on their mobile device, compared to 88.1 percent of the Smartphone audience. Downloaded applications were used by 40.9 percent of the total mobile audience, compared to 84.2 percent of smartphone subscribers. Mobile browsers were another popular way of accessing mobile content, used by 36.9 percent of the total audience and 74.8 percent of the smartphone audience. 39.5 percent of the total audience and 79.3 percent of the smartphone audience used their phones to stay up-to-date on the latest news. Other popular mobile behaviors included accessing maps (44.4 percent of smartphone subscribers), accessing bank accounts (28.8 percent of smartphone subscribers) and scanning QR codes (18.1 percent of smartphone subscribers).

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.