ComScore: Apple's iOS slashes Android's U.S. smartphone lead

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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 March 2013, digital research firm comScore reports.

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iOS controlled 39 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in March, up 2.7 percentage points over December, while Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)-backed Android slipped from 53.4 percent to 52 percent. Late last month, Samsung Electronics--the world's largest Android device manufacturer--released its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, which should revive Android's fortunes moving forward.

BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) tumbled from 6.4 percent U.S. market share in December to 5.2 percent in February, but its platform is also in line to mount a comeback in the coming months. The company did not release the BlackBerry Z10, the first smartphone running its overhauled BlackBerry 10 operating system, until late March.

Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone experienced incremental gains, growing from 2.9 percent U.S. market share in December to 3 percent in March. Symbian dropped from 0.6 percent to 0.5 percent.

As of March, 136.7 million Americans own smartphones, up 9 percent since December and corresponding to 58 percent mobile market penetration. Apple leads all manufacturers with 39 percent U.S. market share, followed by Samsung at 21.7 percent, up from 21 percent in December. HTC trails at 9 percent, down from 10.2 percent three months earlier.

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