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HTC Helps Boost Google's Android OS Market Share

Taipei, March 17, 2010 (CENS)--Thanks to the adoption of Taiwan's leading smartphone firm HTC Corp., the Google Inc.-introduced Android operating system saw market share jump by 4.3 percentage points from 2.8% to 7.1% in the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of last year, according to a survey by the market researcher ComScore.

HTC and Motorola cooperated with Verison, the largest telecom carrier in the U.S., to launch two models of Android cellphones in the fourth quarter of last year, which has brought in a substantial increase in the number of Android cellphone users.

In comparison, Apple saw its U.S. market share edge up 0.3 percentage point to reach 25.1% in January this year from 24.8% registered in October last year.

Up to date, HTC has introduced two new models of Android cellphones, including Desire and Legend, which will be put on the shelves of European and Asian shops beginning from April. After the launch of the new models in Europe and Asia, HTC will in no time introduce them in the U.S. market.

Focused on Americans 13-and-older, ComScore's survey found 18% of the surveyed consumers are using smartphones. The survey also shows the number of the consumers using RIM's blackberry, Apple's iPhone and Google's Android cellphones is on the rise, with that for the cellphones introduced by Microsoft and Palm declining.

The ComScore's survey shows the biggest cellphone brand in the U.S. to be Motorola, followed by South Korea-based LG and Samsumg.

(by Ben Shen)
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