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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Apple's iPhone sales surge as Android slows

However, the new numbers from Neilsen show that Google's Android operating system is still No. 1 among U.S. smartphone activations. Apple's iPhone has won the title of the fastest growing in market share.

About 27 percent of the smartphones sold in the country from March to May used the Android system developed by Google (Nasdaq: GOOG). That number has remained flat this year.

Those buying iPhones, though, rose to 17 percent in the May quarter compared to 10 percent in the previous quarter.

Android is the most used among all smartphone owners in the U.S., as well, with 38 percent of the market vs. 27 percent for Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL) device.

Dallas-based offers both Android-powered phones and iPhones. AT&T has more than 1,000 employees in Dayton.

AT&T had been the exclusive provider of the iPhone, but Verizon Wireless, part of Verizon Communications Inc., was granted permission in January to start selling its version of the popular smartphone. Verizon began selling the phone in March and it can be bought at local Best Buy Co. stores as well as through Verizon’s retail outlets.


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