OFFICIAL: iPhone Bows, Android IS Smartphone King

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The green man is Queen Bee of smartphones, analysts comScore confirmed.

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New analysis of US mobile users for the first three months of 2012 has found the Android OS thundering ahead of arch rival Apple, powering 51% of all (consumer) smartphones – ahead of iOS 30% share. 

This marks an almost 4% jump for the Green Men compared to Apple’s slight 1.1% rise.

Blackberry held the No. 3 spot with 12.3% – a fall of 3.7% – as Microsoft (3.9%) and Nokia Symbian trailed behind the smartie leaders.

And it was the same story on the handset front, with Galaxy S II maker, Samsung, which run Android OS, emerging as leader accounting for 26% of all mobiles among 30,000 users quizzed – a 0.7% jump.

Meanwhile, fellow Koreans LG came out as the surprise No. 2 on 19.3% although its share fell 0.7% on previous quarter.

This was followed by Apple (who recently said it sold over 35m devices in Q1) iPhone 14% share, and other ‘Droid carriers Motorola 12.8% and HTC 6% marketshare, holding on to the No.4 and 5 positions.

There was no sign of former mobile leader Nokia in the top 5 handsets makers.

Earlier this week, analysts Strategy Analytics, crowned Samsung as the phone industry’s “star performer” after it flogged a staggering 93.5 million handsets during Q1 2012, toppling Nokia for the first time.

READ: Samsung “Star Performer” (But Who’s The REAL Smartphone King?)

Samsung sells an astonishing number of handsets in total as its flogs ‘dumb’ or basic mobiles also.

But as the Galaxy maker does not release the number of smartphones sold, it was uncertain whether it had matched Apple whopping 35.1m smartphone sales in Jan-Mar 2012, although analysts now believe Samsung sold around 44 m smartphones so far this year, wiping the floor with Cupertino’s numbers.

 

An almighty number of Americans – 234 million – used mobiles, comScore also revealed. So what are they doing on these nifty devices?

Close to 75% used text messaging, downloaded applications were used by half of users, while over one third (36.1%) admitted to Facebooking, Tweeting and using other social sites or blogs, while game-playing and listening to music were other common uses of mobiles.

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