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Dec 16, 2011 | Analytics

iPhone is the most popular smartphone in USA

Apple is the top smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. with 28.6 percent of the smartphone market, and Android is the most favored operating system by manufacturers, with the largest share of the smartphone market at 44 percent.
Two years ago, only 18 percent of mobile subscribers had smartphones and these smartphone audiences were more likely to be male. Today, nearly half of mobile subscribers in the U.S. own a smartphone device and 51 percent of them are female.

The majority of 25–34 and 18–24 year olds now own smartphones (64% and 53% respectively) and they have led in smartphone penetration compared to other age groups since 2009.

83 percent of all smartphone application downloaders use Android or Apple iOS smartphone devices and they mostly discover apps by searching the top app stores and relying on recommendations.

Application usage varies by age on the Android platform—older generations like games, such as Angry Birds, and rely on their mobile devices for productivity (e.g. Google properties). Younger folks will use entertainment apps with social dimensions (e.g. Pandora, YouTube, Words with Friends) more than older segments. 

Source: Nielsen