From the it-was-only-a-matter-of-time department, smartphones now comprise the majority of all new handset purchases in the United States. In addition to leading the pack among existing smartphone devices, Google Inc.’s (GOOG) Android is also driving the largest share of new smartphone sales, according to The Nielsen Co. However, Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone has show the most growth in recent months.
According to data it compiled from May, 38% of all mobile subscribers in the United States now own a smartphone. Moreover, smartphones account for 55% of all new device sales, which is up markedly from 34% one year ago.