Android leads U.S. smartphone growth in sales, downloads

Apple might have just tipped its iPhone OS 4.0, but Android has jumped to nine percent of the U.S. smartphone market, according to ComScore. Meanwhile, Nielsen says U.S. smartphone sales will eclipse feature-phone sales by 2011, and ABI Research predicts that over 800 million Android apps will be downloaded this year, making it the fastest-growing OS in app downloads.

Yesterday, the mobile-phone industry focused, for a change, not on Android, but on Apple, which sponsored a sneak peek event version 4.0 of the iPhone operating system. Due to arrive this summer, iPhone OS 4.0 chiefly focuses on adding multitasking, although it remains to be seen whether it will match the multitasking chops of Android or the Linux-based Palm WebOS — neither of which matches desktop PC multitasking performance.

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