Report: Android Leads U.S. Smartphone Market, But Apple Top Maker

NEW YORK — Google’s Android operating system dominates the domestic smartphone market, but Apple sells more iPhones.

According to June figures from the Nielsen research firm, Android has the largest piece of the smartphone pie at 39 percent, with Apple’s iOS in second place at 28 percent. “However, because Apple is the only company manufacturing smartphones with the iOS operating system, it is clearly the top smartphone manufacturer in the U.S.,” Nielsen said.

The research firm’s May findings had Android at a 38 percent share, with Apple at a 27 percent share.

RIM’s Blackberry continues to struggle to keep pace at 20 percent market share for June, down 1 percent from May numbers.

Other data revealed that Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 OS had a 9 percent share of the market, while HP webOS and Nokia’s Symbian accounted for 2 percent each. 

HTC tied with RIM for second place of the smartphone market by grabbing 14 percent with its Android phones and an additional 6 percent with its Windows Phone 7 handsets, according to the Nielsen data.

Motorola's Android devices are owned by 11 percent of U.S. smartphone users, while Samsung's Android devices are used by 8 percent of consumers and its Windows Phone 7 devices logged a 2 percent share, Nielsen said.