From PC World: Android's market share dropped and Apple iOS' share grew as smartphone unit sales decreased in the U.S during the second quarter, according to market research company Strategy Analytics.
Overall smartphone shipments in the U.S. fell 5 percent year-on-year to reach 23.8 million units.
A volatile economy, maturing penetration of smartphones among contract mobile subscribers and major operators tightening their upgrade policies to enhance profits were among the main causes for the drop in unit sales, Strategy Analytics said.
Google's Android is still the most popular OS by a wide margin. However, an estimated 13.4 million Android-based smartphones were shipped during the second quarter resulting in a 56 percent share of the U.S. market. That compares to 15.3 million units and a 61 percent share during the same period last year, according to Strategy Analytics.
At the same time, Apple's U.S. market share grew from 23 percent in the second quarter last year to 33 percent. Apple's unit sales increased from 5.9 million to 7.9 million smartphones.
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