Android widens lead over iOS with 51% share of U.S. smartphones

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Fifty-one percent of all U.S. smartphone owners carry devices powered by Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, up from 47.3 percent in December 2011, according to new data published by research firm comScore.

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More than 106 million subscribers across the U.S. owned smartphones in March 2012, up 9 percent vs. December. Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS follows Android at 30.7 percent, increasing from 29.6 percent in December.

Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry continues to slide, falling another 3.7 percentage points between December and March to make up 12.3 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows platform slipped from 4.7 percent in December to 3.9 percent in March, and Symbian held steady at 1.4 percent.

Fifty percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used a downloaded app in March, increasing from 47.6 percent in December, and 49.3 percent accessed the mobile browser, up from 47.5 percent. Text messaging was unchanged at 74. 3 percent. In addition, 36.1 percent accessed a social networking site or blog (up from 35.3 percent), 32.6 percent played games (up from 31.4 percent) and 25.3 percent listened to music on their phone (up from 23.8 percent).

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