Android remains the number one US smartphone platform for the third consecutive quarter, according to sales figures released by research firm Kantar Worldpanel. On the other hand, Microsoft’s Windows Phone has shown the most rapid growth.
Android managed to capture an estimated 51.5 percent of US sales after dropping to 49.3 percent in the previous quarter. Apple’s iOS platform trailed at 42.5 percent, and Windows Phone nabbed the third spot with 4 percent, ahead of BlackBerry’s 1.1 percent.
While Android remains the dominant platform in the mobile sector, it was Windows Phone that saw that largest increase in US sales over the past 12 months. Microsoft’s platform boasted a vast improvement from the 2.9 percent of US sales estimated last year. The large increase in Windows Phone is likely attributable to Nokia’s Lumia line, which outpaced BlackBerry handset sales in Q2.
iOS improved its share of sales from 39.2 percent from last year and Android experienced a slight decline from 52.6 percent. BlackBerry continues to hemorrhage market share, falling from third place in its slump to 1.1 percent of US sales in June 2013.