Google’s Android Extends Lead in U.S. Smartphone Software Market

Google Inc. (GOOG)’s Android extended its lead as the most widely used U.S. smartphone software last quarter, while Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) lost share, ComScore Inc. said.

Android’s share widened to 40.1 percent in the three months that ended in June from 34.7 percent in the first quarter, ComScore said in a statement. That followed a separate report from IDC that showed Apple Inc. (AAPL) was the biggest seller of smartphones worldwide last quarter, with 19.1 percent share of shipments.

Apple and Google are vying for leadership in the market for smartphones, which IDC says will rise 55 percent globally this year as more consumers opt for phones that offer swift Web surfing and access to thousands of downloadable applications. While the iPhone is the best-selling handset, Android is more widely used partly because it’s carried by multiple vendors.

“Google Android continued to gain ground in the smartphone market,” Reston, Virginia-based ComScore said in a statement.

Apple’s iOS software overtook Research In Motion’s BlackBerry operating system for second place, according to ComScore. Apple’s U.S. share advanced to 26.6 percent from 25.5 percent in the prior three months, ComScore said. Research in Motion, Microsoft and Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) all lost share.

In global smartphone sales, Apple’s iPhone share rose from 13 percent a year earlier, according to IDC research, which was also released today. Samsung Electronics Co.’s share rose to 16.3 percent. That echoed research released July 29 from Strategy Analytics that said Apple and Samsung surpassed Nokia for the first time last quarter.

The worldwide smartphone market expanded about 65 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, with 106.5 million units shipped, IDC said.

Canalys also said on Aug. 1 that Android was the biggest smartphone platform worldwide, with a 48 percent market share.

-- Editors: Tom Giles, John Lear

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