Google’s Android operating system continued to dominate the US smartphone market in the second quarter but Apple’s iPhone remains the most popular smartphone in the US, a new report reveals.
According to market research group NDP, Google had a 52 percent market share in the US smartphone market during the second quarter while Apple’s iOS raised its share to 29 percent.
Google's acquisition of Motorola shifts the balance of power in the handset-patent conflict between Google and its operating system competitors," said Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD.
"Android's momentum has made for a large pie that is attractive to Motorola's Android rivals, even if they must compete with their operating system developer." he added.
BlackBerry declined to 11 percent and Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile and WebOS had shares of less than 5 percent each, the report informed.
However, the data also revealed that Apple’s iPhone 4 was the most popular smartphone in the United States, followed by the two year old iPhone 3GS, which is only available in the United States via wireless carrier AT&T.
iPhone 3GS continues to be popular among the masses due to its low price compared to the costly iPhone 4. The device is available for as low as $49 from AT&T.