Android smartphones gain ground in US
San Francisco - Google's Android software strengthened its grip on the US smartphone market, powering nearly 42% of handsets as of July, industry tracker comScore reported on Tuesday.
Android's share of the US smartphone market grew to 41.8% from 36.4% at the start of April, according to comScore.
In that same three-month period, Apple's share of the market rose slightly to 27% while BlackBerry maker Research In Motion saw its ranks of subscribers erode four percent to 21.7%, comScore reported.
The portion of the market using smartphones powered by Microsoft software shrank to 5.7% from 6.7% and Symbian's share dipped to 1.9% from 2.3%.
The number of US smartphone owners climbed 10% to 82.2 million in the three months ending in July, while the overall number of mobile phone users was 234 million, according to comScore.
Samsung was the most popular handset maker with 25.5% of the market and LG second with 20.9%, comScore reported.
Apple's beloved iPhones were the fourth most prevalent handsets and accounted for 9.5% of the overall US market, according to the industry tracker.