Over half of Americans now own smartphones

70 per cent of Q2 phone sales in the US were Android and iPhone

Smartphones have completely swamped standard mobile phones in the US, and Android is leading the way.

With a US population of 312m, more than half of Americans now own smartphones, and 70 per cent of those are made up of Android and iPhone, according to a report by Chetan Sharma Consulting.

But why are Android sales far outweighing arguably the most iconic smartphone ever, the iPhone?

Some suggest that consumers have been holding out during Q2 for the release of iPhone 5, another reason may be that one of America’s major carriers, T-Mobile, currently doesn’t offer the iPhone to its customers.

This combination may have made way for Android during Q2, but the rest of 2012 will reveal whether Android really is dominating the market, or if Apple is just giving it some time at the front of the pack before it steals Android’s spotlight when the iPhone 5 arrives.

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