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ZTE and Huawei could pose a threat to US national security, lawmakers claim

ZTE and Huawei are getting some unwanted and rather negative attention from US lawmakers today in a new report from the House Intelligence Committee. The report, which is the product of an 11 month investigation, is claiming that the two companies could potentially allow the Chinese government to spy on the US. As if that accusation weren't bad enough, these lawmakers are also urging US businesses to avoiding using hardware sold by either company, and recommends that mergers or acquisitions involving ZTE or Huawei be blocked by the US.

Android looking strong in Nielsen report for Q2 2012

Nielsen has issued its report on smartphones in the US during Q2 2012, and even though the smartphone market in general is looking pretty healthy, phones running some version of the Android OS are by far the most popular. In all, 51.8% of smartphone users in June 2012 were using an Android-based handset, while only 34% of smartphone users had picked an iOS device. Android came out on top with 3 month recent acquirers as well, with 54.6% of new users in Q2 going for Android, as compared to 36.3% for iOS.

Samsung Galaxy S III coming to multiple US carriers

In the hooplah surrounding the Galaxy S III event, Samsung wanted to make sure that Americans knew their new flagship phone is headed stateside. In a short statement, the South Korean company confirmed that at least two versions of the phone will be released in the United States, with both HSPA+ and LTE represented. Samsung did not say which carriers would get the Galaxy S III, but the statement points at availability in the summer.

ComScore: Android passes 50% market share in the US

Surprisingly, the US doesn't have the highest per-capita Android ownership out there - at last count that goes to the UK, where one out of every four men, women and children owns an Android smartphone. But the US is catching up quickly. ComScore reports that Android accounted fora staggering 50.1% of smartphone owners in the United Stats as of February, a statistic that hasn't been matched since Blackberry and Palm OS were duking it out. ComScore's numbers show a 3.2% overall market share increase in the four-month period ending in February. Rival statistical firm NPD reached the same conclusion back in December.

Android most popular among first-time buyers in Q4, says NPD

Despite a strong 4th quarter showing for Apple thanks to the launch of the iPhone 4S, Android continues to kick digital butt all over the world. Contradicting earlier numbers, analytics firm NPD reports that Android is even more popular among first-time smartphone buyers. Among US buyers from October through December, 57% chose Android, 34% chose iOS and just under 10% chose something else. Android led the overall race as well, with 48% of sales as opposed to Apple's 43%. Android's total US market share, as reported by a handful of firms, remains in the 46-48% range.

HTC leads the US in total smartphone sales

The smartphone boom seems to have no end in sight, and for the moment, HTC is right at the forefront. Though Samsung is selling the most units worldwide, HTC has cornered the lucrative American market: according to Business Week, the Taiwanese manufacturer finished out the third quarter with 24 percent market share in the United States. That narrowly beats out Samsung with 21 percent, and Apple with 20 percent.