Apple is Growing, But It’s Still No. 2

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Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) share of the U.S. mobile market grew the most in the three months ended in November, even as Samsung (SSNLF.PK) remained the top handset manufacturer. According to the ComScore research, Apple rose by 1.4 percentage points to go from a 17.1 share of the market to 18.5 percent, while Samsung added 1.2 percentage points to go from 25.7 percent to 26.9 percent.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) unit Motorola Mobility saw its share of users decline the most among the top five handset manufacturers, to 10.4 percent from 11.2 percent. It placed fourth. LG, with 17.5 percent, and HTC, with 5.9 percent, were third and fifth, respectively.

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Android grew its share as the most popular smartphone platform, holding 53.7 percent of the market. It grew from 52.6 percent in the previous quarter. Apple’s iOS also grew its share, to 35 percent from 34.3 percent. Research In Motion’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) share declined to 7.3 percent from 8.3 percent, though it stayed in third place. Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone placed fourth with 3 percent, but unfortunately for it, the share dropped from 3.6 percent in the August quarter.

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