9:41 am June 2, 2012, by Christopher Seward
More smartphone users opted for Google’s Android operating system in the three months ending in April than Apple’s iOS and other systems, according to the latest data from ComScore.
The market researcher reported 107 million Americans now own smartphones, up 6 percent from the three-month period ending in January.
Android commanded 50.8 percent of the U.S. smartphone operating system market, up 2.2 percent, according to CNET’s report on ComScore’s study. The No. 2 smartphone operating system, Apple’s iOS, came in with 31.4 percent of the market, up 1.9 percent.
Both Android and iOS have benefited as BlackBerry maker Research in Motion continued to struggle. RIM remained No. 3 in operating system market share but took a major hit due to its troubles, falling to 11.6 percent of the market from 15.2 percent.
RIM has appointed JPMorgan Chase and Royal Bank of Canada to come up with options to help turn the company around and speculation includes a possible sale. More companies and governmental agencies are giving staffers the option of dropping their once-cherished BlackBerrys for smartphones running off Android or iOS.
Despite the popularity of its latest upgrade, the iPhone 4S, Apple was the third-most popular handset manufacturer with 14.4 percent of the market, compared with Samsung’s No. 1 spot with 25.9 percent of the handset market. Apple, however, overshadowed Samsung with a 1.6 percent gain in market share, compared with Samsung’s gain of just a half percentage point, according to ComScore’s data. Rounding out the Top 5 handset providers were LG (No. 2), Motorola (No. 4) and HTC (No. 5).
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