The Android mobile operating system is maintaining a slim majority of the U.S. smartphone market as more of its users migrate to the latest version available.
According to a July 2 comScore report, Android increased its share of the U.S. smartphone market from 50.1 percent to 50.9 percent over a three-month period. Apple’s iOS came in second, increasing its share from 30.2 percent to 31.9 percent. The gains came mostly at the expense of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS, which fell from 13.4 percent to 11.4 percent.
The comScore report is based on compiled survey data from March, April, and May 2012. The earlier comparison report included data from December 2011 and January and February 2012.
More Android phones and tablets are now running the latest available version, 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich or ICS. According to Google’s statistics, the share of ICS increased from 7.1 percent in June to 10.9 percent in the 14-day period ending July 2.
Although Google announced an even newer version, 4.1 or Jelly Bean, on June 27, it will not be officially available on any devices until mid-July.
The version statistics come from devices visiting Google’s app and content marketplace, Google Play. Nearly two-thirds of those devices were running version 2.3 Gingerbread, which is still installed on many phones and tablets sold today. 17.3 percent were running version 2.2 Frozen Yogurt or Froyo and 4.7 percent had 2.1 Eclair installed.
Mobile news site MobileSyrup speculated that the sudden jump in Ice Cream Sandwich use might be largely due to new device activations rather than upgrades of older devices. New phones with ICS installed include the HTC One series and the Samsung Galaxy S III.
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