ComScore: Android's U.S. market share rebounds, iOS gaining fast


Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system is once again picking up steam after its growth slowed in recent months, according to new data published by research firm comScore.

Click here to see the changes in smartphone OS market shares during the past three years.

Android-based devices accounted 51.6 percent of all smartphones in the U.S. as June 2012 drew to a close, representing the platform's first market share percentage gain since it reached 51 percent this past March. Android slid to 50.8 percent in April, edging back up to 50.9 percent the following month. Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS continues to narrow the gap, increasing to 32.4 percent U.S. market share in June, compared to 31.9 percent in May and 30.7 percent in March.

As of the end of the second quarter of 2012, Android and iOS now make up a combined 84 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, leaving their rivals even further in the dust. Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry continues to erode, sliding from 12.3 percent market share in March to 10.7 percent in June. Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone also dipped slightly, from 3.9 percent at the end of the first quarter to 3.8 percent at the close of the second. Symbian brings up the rear at 0.9 percent, down from 1.4 percent in March.

More than 110 million U.S. mobile subscribers now carry smartphones, up 4 percent since the first quarter, comScore reports. Seventy-five percent of all U.S. subscribers sent and received text messages in June, up 0.7 percentage points over March, and 51.4 percent accessed downloaded applications, an increase of 1.4 percentage points). In addition, 50.2 percent accessed their mobile browser, up 0.9 percentage points.

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