Google's Android passes Apple's iPhone among new U.S. smartphone shoppers

By Olga Kharif
(c) 2010 Bloomberg News
Monday, August 2, 2010; 3:38 PM

Google Inc.'s Android software outsold Apple Inc.'s mobile operating system for the first time last quarter among new U.S. smartphone users, according to Nielsen Co.

Android had 27 percent of the U.S. market in the second quarter, compared with 23 percent for the Apple iPhone OS, Nielsen said on its website today.

Manufacturers such as Motorola Inc. and HTC Corp. used Android in a wider range of handsets, giving new smartphone purchasers more options. Still, the iPhone retained a higher share than Android among existing smartphone users, according to Nielsen's research.

"Android's rise is even more noticeable among new smartphone subscribers in the last six months where Android has nosed past Apple's iOS," Nielsen said on its website.

Research In Motion Ltd. held onto its leading position, with 35 percent of the overall U.S. smartphone market, and 33 percent among recent acquirers.

Google, based in Mountain View, California, rose $6.90, or 1.4 percent, to $491.75 at 1:30 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading.

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