ComScore: Android's U.S. market share tumbles, iOS narrows gap

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Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS narrowed Android's U.S. smartphone market share lead during the three-month period between December 2012 and February 2013, digital research firm comScore reports.

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iOS controlled 38.9 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in February, up 3.9 percentage points over December, comScore notes. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)-backed Android slipped from 53.7 percent in the final weeks of 2012 to 51.7 percent in February; Samsung Electronics will release its newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, in the coming weeks, which should help Android regain its footing moving forward.

BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) declined from 7.3 percent U.S. market share in December to 5.4 percent in February. The manufacturer unveiled its overhauled BlackBerry 10 operating system in late January; the Z10, its first smartphone running the new OS, did not go on sale to American subscribers until late last month.

Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone experienced modest gains, growing from 3.0 percent U.S. market share in December to 3.2 percent in February. Symbian remained flat at 0.5 percent.

As of February, 133.7 million U.S. subscribers own smartphones, corresponding to 57 percent mobile market penetration. Apple leads all smartphone manufacturers at 38.9 percent, up from 35 percent in December, trailed by Samsung at 21.3 percent, up 1 percentage point. HTC follows at 9.3 percent, down from 11 percent three months earlier.

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