May 1st, 2012

Android has grown its market share by close to 4 points since December, according to the latest report from comScore. In their latest survey of American mobile subscribers, which accounts for the first three months of 2012, the analytics firm found that Android held the majority share of the US smartphone market with 51 percent. The number was last tallied at 47.3 percent in December.

Driving Android’s growth has been none other than Samsung. The company ranked as the top mobile OEM with a 26 percent share when factoring in both smartphones and non-smartphones. The Korean manufacturer hasn’t shown much growth since December when their handsets accounted for 25.3 percent of the market, which was still good for first place. Following Samsung is LG — likely driven more by their feature phone offerings than smartphones  — and Apple. Samsung’s biggest rival did see good growth moving from a 12.4 percent share to 14 percent. Motorola and HTC round out the top manufacturers.

With the upcoming release of their Galaxy S3 flagship, Samsung is likely to continue the trend of market dominance. We can expect a good fight from Apple and their legion of loyal fans and HTC hopes to gain some ground with the release of the One series of Android handsets. With all the competition, it sure is a good time to be a smartphone buyer.

[via comScore]

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