Apple Inc’s smartphone iOS gained ground in the US in the final quarter of last year as the market shares served by Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and BlackBerry Ltd shrank.
Google’s Android operating system’s market share slipped 0.3 percentage points to 51.5 percent as Apple gained 1.2 percentage points to end the year with almost 42 percent of the market, ComScore Inc said in a statement on Tuesday.
BlackBerry, which recently hired Foxconn Group (富士康集團) to build its devices, fell 0.4 percentage points to 3.4 percent, while Microsoft declined 0.2 percentage points to 3.1 percent.
Device makers are battling for market share as more consumers switch to Internet-connected smartphones like Apple’s iPhone or Samsung Electronics Co’s Galaxy. The release of Apple’s new high-end iPhone 5S and the cheaper 5C for the holidays put pressure on competing phones at multiple price points, Bloomberg Industries analysts John Butler and Joshua Yatskowitz said in a report on Friday.
Google agreed to sell its phonemaking unit Motorola Mobility to Lenovo Group Ltd for US$2.9 billion last week.