Android Dominates Smartphone Market, Study Says

NEW YORK — Google’s mobile OS continues to lead the smartphone market in the U.S. dominating 36 percent of the national market share.

According to a Nielsen report, Android leads the pack followed by Apple’s iOS, trailing by 10 percent and just edging out RIM’s Blackberry by 3 percent. Windows Mobile lands in fourth place with 9 percent of the market share.

The study also concluded that Android smartphone users consume the most data. The report said that in the first quarter of this year, “Android smartphone owners consumed an average of 582 MB of data each month, compared to 492 MB for iPhone owners.”

However, iPhone users are more likely to download apps, watch video or mobile TV. Industry experts suggest that the new data indicates that 37 percent of mobile consumers own a smartphone.