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Apple's iPhone gains 2% marketshare in US as competitors falter

The latest statistics from market research firm comScore reveal Apple widened its lead over competitors in the U.S. smartphone market over the three-month period ending in May, but more importantly gained another 2 percent in the platform race as Android faltered.

According to comScore, iPhone accounted for 43.5 percent of U.S. smartphone subscriber share between March and May, a sequential jump of 1.8 percent. Coincidentally, Apple saw identical gains for the three-month period ending in April.

Rival handset maker Samsung held steady with a 28.7-percent share of the market, up 0.1 percent from February. LG, Motorola and HTC rounded out the top five, but saw their slice of the pie decline 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 percent, respectively.

Android remained at the top of the smartphone OS heap in May, but dipped 0.7 percent to end the period at 52.1 percent. Apple's iOS placed second after eating up marketshare from all rivals, including Microsoft, Blackberry and Symbian.

ComScore's latest numbers reflect a changing tide pushed along by massive demand for Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets. In the crucial holiday quarter, big-screened iPhone 6 models catapulted iPhone sales to a record-breaking 74.5 million units. The performance continued into March, bucking historical post-holiday slowdowns with 61 million unit sales.