Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android regained some U.S. market share as of the end of October after losing share last spring, according to a new report from digital research firm comScore. The firm also reported that Apple is the No.1 smartphone maker in the U.S. with 40.6 percent share.
According to comScore, Android grew its U.S. market share to 52.2 percent for the three-month average ending in October, up from 51.8 percent in July. Android's share had dropped slightly from 52 percent share in April. Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS also increased its share slightly to 40.6 percent in October, up from 40.4 percent in July. However, comScore noted that its latest numbers were not impacted by Apple's launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c, which were released in late September.
BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY), which is trying to salvage itself as a more enterprise-focused company, saw its share dip to 3.6 percent from 4.3 percent in July, while Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone grew slightly to 3.2 percent share from 3 percent in July.
In terms of individual smartphone OEMs, Apple led the way with its 40.6 percent share, while Samsung followed with 25.4 percent, up from 24.1 percent in July. However, the biggest gainer was Google's Motorola Mobile division, which launched itself into third place in October with 7 percent share. Motorola has been banking on its high-end Moto X smartphone as well as new Droid models at Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) to help it regain momentum.
ComScore said HTC and LG followed with 6.7 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively. Overall, the research firm said 149.2 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (or 62.5 percent of the total mobile market) during the three months ending in October, up 4.1 percent since July.
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