News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday October 02, 2012.
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Research firm comScore reports that Google Android is still the leading smartphone operating system in the United States by a comfortable margin. In the three months ending in August 2012, Android accounted for 52.6 percent of smartphone subscribers, up from the 50.9 percent reported in May. Apple iOS had a slightly higher growth rate and captured 34.3 percent of the market, up from 31.9 percent.
RIM BlackBerry fell from 11.4 to 8.3 percent, Microsoft Windows Phone dropped from 4.0 to 3.6 percent, and Symbian declined from 1.1 to 0.7 percent. Though BlackBerry and Windows Phone recently had stronger showings in Europe and Asia, the platforms continue to struggle in the 116.5 million-smartphone market in the U.S.
comScore also states that when combining smartphones and feature phones, Samsung's 25.7 percent market share makes it the leading seller in the U.S. Samsung is followed by LG at 18.2 percent, Apple at 17.1 percent, Motorola at 11.2 percent, and HTC at 6.3 percent. The cutoff for comScore's most recent report was one month before the release of the Apple iPhone 5, so it's likely that the next report will show a significant boost to Apple's position in the U.S. given its record-breaking opening weekend.source: comScore
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.