insights are for the three months ending in May, and the total number of smartphone owners in the US came in at 169 million — which translates to a decent enough 4% increase for the number of devices as recorded in February. But that is the hardware side of things, the software story is somewhat unexciting. Android remained the most widely used mobile operating platform in the country, but it recorded no growth during May and ended up with figures of 52.1%. A slight gain of 0.6% helped iOS gab 41.9% of the US market. Windows Phone, however, remained flat with total figures of 3.4%. And the less said about BlackBerry and Symbian, the better. Both platforms continued their decline. Apple also retained its top position as the leading smartphone manufacturer with a 41.9% of devices carrying the company logo. Samsung commands a 27.8% share, while LG, Motorola and HTC take up other positions on this list. Interestingly, even with a flat market share, Microsoft did manage to move more Windows Phones in this period because the total number of smartphone owners increased. But market share growth is a vital indicator of success, and Redmond will want to further increase efforts in this highly competitive mobile market.]]>
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