“Apple Inc.’s iOS smartphone operating system gained ground in the U.S. in the final quarter of 2013 as the share of the market served by the platforms of Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and BlackBerry Ltd. shrank,” Gerrit De Vynck reports for Bloomberg.

“The market share of Google’s Android operating system slipped 0.3 percentage point 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,” De Vynck reports. “BlackBerry, which recently hired Foxconn Group to build its devices, fell 0.4 percentage point to 3.4 percent, while Microsoft declined 0.2 percentage point to 3.1 percent.”

“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 Jan. 31 report,” De Vynck reports. “Google’s Android system runs on devices made by multiple companies including Samsung, LG Electronics Inc. and HTC Corp. Apple’s iPhone is the only smartphone running the company’s operating system.”

“The iPhone is the most popular phone in the U.S. with 41.8 percent of users,” De Vynck reports. “Samsung ended the year with 26.1 percent.”

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