Has Android’s dominant grip of the smartphone market share finally begun to slip?
On Tuesday, comScore released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending April 2012.
And the findings are far more favorable to Apple than they are to Android.
As of April, Google’s Android operating system powered 50.8 percent of U.S. smartphones, which is down from 51 percent in March.
Although it’s a small slip, it’s significant in that it represents a slowing of Android’s runaway momentum in recent months.
Apple’s share of the smartphone market increased 1.9 percentage points to 31.4 percent in April. Meanwhile, RIM ranked third with 11.6 percent share, followed by Microsoft (4.0 percent) and Symbian (1.3 percent).
More than 107 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in April, up 6 percent versus January.