Android gains US share at Apple expense

2013-04-02 20:30
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Washington - Smartphones using the Android platform boosted their US market share in recent months, extending their lead over Apple's iPhone, a new survey shows.

Android, the free mobile operating system from Google, accounted for 51.2% of US smartphone sales in the three-month period ending in February, said the survey from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

Android added 5.9% points from a year earlier, while Apple's share fell 3.5 points to 43.5%.

Windows Phone, boosted by the new operating system introduced last year from Microsoft, increased its share to 4.1%, according to the survey released on Monday.

BlackBerry, which introduced a new smartphone platform in late January but started selling its new phones in the US market only in late March, saw its market share tumbled to just 0.7%, the report showed.

Verizon was the top carrier with 35% of smartphones sold in the period, followed by AT&T (26.7%) and Sprint (15%).

Kantar analyst Mary-Ann Parlato said Samsung, the largest Android smartphone maker, has been continuing to rise, particularly among Sprint customers.

"Of those who changed their phone over the last year to a Samsung smartphone, 19% had previously owned a Samsung feature-phone, 15% owned a HTC smartphone, 14% owned an LG feature-phone, 10% owned a Samsung smartphone and 9% owned a BlackBerry," she said.

"It's apparent that Samsung is successful at capturing users from across the competitor set and not just gaining from their own loyalists."

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