Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has made some headway in the battles against Android and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930). The latest data from comScore shows that Android’s share of the U.S. smartphone market declined .3 percentage points to 51.5%. Meanwhile, Apple’s share rose 1.2 percentage points, ending the year with nearly 42% of the U.S. smartphone market.

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Apple, Samsung increase share

Although Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android operating system lost a small part of the U.S. smartphone market, Android phone maker Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (LON:BC94) (KRX:005930) added to its share of the market, increasing it by 1.2 points. That gives Samsung 26.1% of the U.S. smartphone market. In spite of the small decline in share, Android still remains the top operating system in the U.S., with 51.5% of the market.

The rest of the smartphone vendors battled for scraps in the U.S. market, as Motorola held third place and LG and HTC held the fourth and fifth spots, respectively. In terms of operating systems, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) grabbed a 3.4% share of the market and remained slightly ahead of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Windows Phone operating system, which had a 3.1% share o the market.

comScore reports on smartphone properties

comScore also provided data on the top smartphone properties and apps in terms of research, and there are no surprises here. Google Sites held the top spot under smartphone browsing and aps with 88.3%, while Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) came in second with 86%. Yahoo Sites actually came in third on the list, while Amazon sites came in fourth and AOL came In fifth.

On the smartphone app side, Facebook’s mobile app was at the top with 77.4%, while Google Play and Google Search came in second and third, respectively. Google’s other apps, including YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail, also dominated on the smartphone app side of the list. Apple Maps also made it onto the list, landing in 12th place.