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Apple, Android grab more market share in U.S.

Both Apple's iOS and Android captured a greater chunk of the U.S. smartphone OS market in the last quarter, with Android on top winning 36.4 percent of all users, according to ComScore.


Google's Android retained the top spot of the U.S. smartphone operating system market over the three months ending in April, gaining 5.2 percentage points to capture 36.4 percent of all smartphone users, said ComScore today.

In second place, Apple's iOS also managed to win over more of the market, eking out a 1.3 percent gain to grab 26 percent share.

Next on the list was RIM's BlackBerry with a 25.7 percent share, down almost five points from the prior quarter. Microsoft's Windows Phone and HP's PalmOS both also lost share, putting them in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Overall, 74.6 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the quarter, up 13 percent from the prior quarter.

Looking at the mobile phone makers themselves, Samsung took first place with 24.5 percent of the U.S. market, followed by LG with almost 21 percent and Motorola with 15.6 percent. Scooping up 8.3 percent of the market, Apple managed to jump ahead of RIM to capture fourth place. During the three-month period, a total of 234 million people in the U.S. owned mobile phones.

Text messaging proved the hottest activity for almost 69 percent of mobile phone users, according to ComScore. Browsing the Web was popular among 39 percent, while downloading apps was done by 37.8 percent. Accessing social-networking sites and blogs, playing games, and listening to music were also common among mobile phone users.