Samsung rules Android smartphones in the U.S. (exclusive)

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Samsung’s Galaxy phones rank as the most popular Android smartphones in the U.S., according to data collected by mobile game publisher Animoca.

animoca top phonesThe Samsung Galaxy SIII is the No. 1 Android phone in the U.S., with an 8.8 percent share of the market, based on usage data from Animoca. And the Samsung Galaxy SII comes second, with 6.1 percent of the market. Samsung also has the No. 8, 9, and 10 positions in the top 10, giving the Korean electronics giant 19.2 percent of the overall market in the U.S.

As for the most popular version of the Android operating system, the winner is Ice Cream Sandwich, or version 4.0.4, with 33.5 percent of the market. No. 2 is Gingerbread, or version 2.3.6, with 16.5 percent. Jelly Bean (4.1.1) is No. 3, with 15.4 percent. Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0.3 is No. 4 with 8.9 percent, and Gingerbread, version 2.3.4, is fifth, with 6.4 percent.

Animoca obtained the data from players of its games in the U.S. from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15. Tablets are excluded. The data shows that the U.S. lacks an overwhelmingly dominant Android phone.