Android now controls 50 per cent of US smartphone market

Google's mobile OS features of 50.1 per cent of all US smartphones as market share grows

With its market share continuing to rise, new figures have revealed that Google's Android OS now powers 50.1 per cent of all US smartphones

Google now controls more than half of the US smartphone scene with new figures revealing the company’s Android OS features on a staggering 50.1 per cent of all American handsets.

With its already dominant market share continuing to rise in the first quarter of the year, figures compiled by analyst firm comScore have shown that between November 2011 and February 2012 the Android platform rose from a 46.9 per cent controlling share of the smartphone market to its new and unparalleled 50.1 per cent mantle.

Despite remaining America’s third most popular smartphone platform, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion saw its share of the high-end handset scene drop by the same amount the Android platform rose with 3.2 per cent of its market share disappearing to leave the company with just a 13.4 per cent stake on the sector it used to so freely dominate.

Although pushing its iOS offering largely through a single handset, Apple’s mobile software remains the second most popular platform in the US with the late 2012 iPhone 4S release helping the company increase its presence in the smartphone scene with 30.2 per cent share of the market.

Despite the introduction of a number of new Nokia Lumia branded handsets, Microsoft’s share of the American smartphone market fell in the three months leading up to the end of February 2012 with Microsoft branded software featuring on just 3.9 per cent of American devices, down from 5.2 per cent.

“Google Android continued to grow its share in the U.S. smartphone market, crossing the 50-percent threshold in February to capture a majority share for the first time in its history,” an official comScore spokesperson said of the findings.

They added: “More than 104 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in February, up 14 percent versus November. Google Android’s share of the smartphone market eclipsed 50 percent in February, an increase of 17 percentage points since February 2011.”

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