Google's Android operating system continues its reign as the preferred mobile platform of the United States.
Android continues to distance itself from its competitors, emerging for the fourth consecutive year as the top mobile operating system in the United States. According to a recent study published by the Worldpanel, Android saw a market growth of about 6% in 2015, with Apple's numbers showing a slight, yet steady, decline of about 3% year-over-year. Google's operating system currently holds a market share of about 58.2% in the United States (up from 51.9% in 2015), with Apple trailing behind at 39.1% (compared to last year's 42.8%). Windows' and BlackBerry's market shares continue to decline steadily.
Similar market patterns were also observed worldwide, with Android dominating the South American and European markets, as well as some areas of Asia. By contrast, China saw a 5.1% growth in the iOS market this past year, though this growth is expected to stagnate in 2016 due to slowing buying habits. If Android's growth patterns continue, both Windows and BlackBerry may soon be forced to surrender the mobile market to Google and Apple in favor of alternate areas of the technology space.
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