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Apple still the hero in smartphone wars...for now

New data from ComScore shows that iOS is still vanquishing its robotic foe after all.

More chapters remain in the epic battle... CC Tsahi Levent-Levi/Flickr

Thanks to new data from ComScore, I must now revise the tale I planned to tell my daughter when she's older about the early days of the smartphone wars.

Until yesterday, it was shaping up to be quite an epic--with Apple turning from David to Goliath, only to be slain by a populist little green robot...and in the process the battle completely trampling a nearby BlackBerry bramble while the fair maiden Symbian remains trapped in a European tower far, far away.

But now it turns out that the little robot may not make such short work of its foe as was previously expected.

The new comScore figures show that when all connected mobile devices are accounted for--phones, tablets, iPod Touches--Apple's iOS platform "outreaches" Android in the U.S. by 59 percent.


In other words, Apple's 16.2 percent share of the mobile device market is that much better than Android's 10.2 percent.

Another interesting tidbit from the data is the fact that ComScore found that most Apple device owners aren't the ravenous fanboys we hear about so much, with only about 1 in 10 users accessing iOS from more than one device.

"There's not a tremendous amount of overlapping mobile device access among these users," Mark Donovan, ComScore senior vice president of mobile, said in a statement. "This of course has significant implications for the developer community as they consider the market potential in developing applications for different mobile platforms."

ComScore's data shows that while over a quarter of iPad users also have an Apple smartphone, a large number--over 17 percent--are BlackBerry users.

So it seems the battle has just begun in the smartphone wars, and those who were ready to crown Android as the future king were living in a fairy tale.

Perhaps I should have known--who ever heard of a robot living happily ever after?