ComScore: Android's U.S. subscriber growth rebounds, iOS plateaus

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Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system rebounded from a shaky first quarter to reassert its U.S. smartphone market share dominance in May 2013, digital research firm comScore reports.

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Android controlled 52.4 percent of the U.S. smartphone subscriber market in May, increasing 0.7 percentage points since February. Android reached a peak 53.4 percent nationwide smartphone share at the close of 2012 but declined during the post-holiday season period, slipping to 52 percent in April 2013. This spring, Samsung Electronics--the world's largest Android device manufacturer--released its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, which no doubt contributed to the platform's comeback in May.

Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS also continues to grow, jumping from 38.9 percent U.S. smartphone share in February to 39.2 percent in May, unchanged from April. BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) tumbled from 5.4 percent market share to 4.8 percent: Last week, the manufacturer revealed its fledgling BlackBerry 10 OS is struggling to gain traction with consumers, with its subscriber base shrinking from 76 million to 72 million during its fiscal first quarter.

Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone also declined in May, sliding from 3.2 percent U.S. market share in February to 3 percent. Symbian slipped from 0.5 percent to 0.4 percent: Nokia (NYSE:NOK) will halt shipments of Symbian-powered smartphones this summer, The Financial Times reported last month.

ComScore notes that 141 million Americans own smartphones, up 6 percent since February and corresponding to 59 percent mobile market penetration. Apple leads all manufacturers with 39.2 percent U.S. market share, followed by Samsung at 23 percent, up from 21.3 percent in February. HTC trails at 8.7 percent, down from 9.3 percent three months earlier.

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