Despite another patent issue thrown at it by Apple, Google Android operating system remained as the top smartphone system preferred by U.S. smartphone users, according to a recent report by ComScore MobiLens.
The new survey involved 30,000 smartphone subscribers and run for three months ending in May. Findings of the report showed that Google Android collared 50.9 percent of the market maintaining its position at the top of the market. Samsung as a manufacturer grabbed 25.7 percent of the market share.
Apple maintained its hold of second spot collaring 31.9 percent market share. Research in Motion remained in third at 11.4 percent. Rounding out the top five smartphone operating systems are Microsoft and Symbian at 4 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively.
Among the smartphone manufacturers, LG was the second most preferred handset manufacturer grabbing 19.1 percent market share. Apple was at third with 15 percent followed by Motorola and HTC at 12 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively. It is interesting to note that Apple’s share increased by 1.5% during the three months on survey, according to COM Score. With the iPhone 5 still yet to be released, it remains to be seen how much the Cupertino-based company can reduce Android’s lead.
ComScore also conducted a survey on how most people use their smartphone. Most of the respondents (74.8%) surveyed said that they use their handsets for text messaging, 51.1% download apps from their mobile phones, and 49.8 percent surf the Internet. Thirty six percent access social media networks from their mobile phones. Playing games and listening to music are done by 33.5 percent and 27 percent, respectively.
The report also revealed that almost 110 million Americans now use their smartphones or 1 in every 3 Americans. This represents a 5% increase since February.
The survey is welcome good news for Samsung after preliminary injunctions banned its flagship smartphone Google Nexus and Galaxy Tab 10.1 from being sold in the United States.