More than half (52%) of U.S. smartphone owners had Android-powered handsets in the second quarter, according to the latest data from Nielsen. Another 40% had iPhones (running iOS), and the rest was split among BlackBerry, Windows Phone and “other” smartphone operating systems.
Among manufacturers, Samsung represented the biggest share of Android phones, with 24%, followed by HTC and Motorola, each with 9%, LG, 7%, all others, 2% and Huawei, 1%. Apple’s share of the smartphone market has increased from 34% a year ago following release of the iPhone 5.
“Those gains came at the expense of smaller manufacturers like RIM, whose Blackberry devices now represent just 3% of the smartphone market in the U.S,” stated a Nielsen blog post today. It also noted most Windows Phone owners now have Nokia handsets.