A new report from Strategy Analytics finds that while Android is still the most popular mobile platform in the U.S. with 56 percent of the market, the operating system’s unit sales fell 5 percent year-over-year. Similarly, smartphone sales also dropped 5 percent as the rush to upgrade feature phones to smartphones begins to slow and the market approaches saturation. “This was one of the slowest growth rates ever experienced by the important U.S. smartphone market,” said Strategy Analytics’ Alex Spektor.
However, Apple grew its market share in the second quarter and now accounts for 33 percent of all smartphone sales, a 10 percent increase from 2011. Neil Mawston, also with Strategy Analyitcs, says Android may be “approaching its peak” while Apple gains ground. If Apple launches a new iPhone soon, as expected, that could further erode Android’s market share.