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Google's mobile OS now dominates 36 percent of the national smartphone market

Android's dominance in the United States smartphone market continues to grow, boasting a market share of 36 percent, according to Nielsen.

The news comes in yesterday's blog post on NielsenWire, which shows Apple's iOS in second place, trailing Android by 10 percent and just barely edging out RIM's BlackBerry by 3 percent. Windows Mobile (not to be confused with Windows Phone 7) is a distant fourth place, with just 9 percent of total market share. HP's WebOS and Symbian both claim 2 percent, while Windows Phone 7 takes a paltry 1 percent — equal to that of Palm OS.

In addition, Android users also are the most data-hungry smartphone users. "In the first quarter of 2011, Android smartphone owners consumed an average of 582 MB of data each month, compared to 492 MB for iPhone owners," Nielsen reports. 

And while Android users consume more data, iPhone users are more prone to downloading apps, streaming online music, and watching video or mobile TV.

The new data also signifies the proliferation of smartphones, in general, with 37 percent of mobile consumers owning one.





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