Apple's iOS, Google's Android grow to 80% of US smartphone market

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Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile platforms continued to grow over the last three months, accounting for 80.3 percent of the U.S. smartphone market.

The market domination by Apple and Google was tracked in the latest data from comScore, released on Tuesday. It showed that the iPhone grew 1.5 points between November of 2011 and February of 2012, giving Apple a 30.2 percent share of the domestic smartphone market.

Google's Android also grew over the last three months by 3.2 points, giving it more than half of the total U.S. smartphone market. Devices running Android now account for 50.1 percent of smartphone subscribers in America.

While Google and Apple gained ground, its competitors continued to slip. Research in Motion saw the greatest decrease, as the BlackBerry platform dropped 3.2 points to take 13.4 percent of subscribers in February.

Microsoft, too, saw its position slip, losing 1.3 points to 3.9 percent of the domestic market. Nokia's Symbian platform was flat at 1.5 percent.

As for hardware, comScore found that Apple ranked third among all mobile subscribers, covering both smartphones and "feature" phones. The iPhone accounted for 13.5 percent of all mobile subscribers in the U.S., up 2.3 points from November of 2011.

The leader in hardware was Samsung, which stayed flat with 25.6 percent of subscribers, while LG came in second with 19.4 percent, down 1.1 points from November. Motorola was behind Apple, in fourth, with 12.8 percent, down nine tenths of a point, and HTC came in fifth with 6.3 percent, up four tenths of a point.

comScore found that more than 104 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones in the three months ending in February. That's up 14 percent when compared to the three months that concluded in November.


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