Android Tops RIM, Apple in Mobile OS Share
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Research In Motion's BlackBerry platform just got bumped from its lead spot in the mobile OS sector by Android, which has 31.2 percent of the U.S. market, according to comScore.
For the three month period ending January, Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android spiked almost 8 points to 31.2 percent, while RIM's OS fell 5 percent to 30 percent. Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS remained flat at 24 percent for the reporting period.
The news of comScore's report, which surveyed 30,000 subscribers and is the first by comScore to rank Android No. 1, comes on the heels of a similar report from Nielsen Wire, which had 14,000 participants, and put Android in the lead in the U.S. with 29 percent market share.
Android had a chart-storming year in 2010, with the release of hundreds of smartphones, several updates to the platform, and a host of tablet launch announcements.
While rival Apple continues to break records with sales of its iPad and iPhone devices, RIM (NASDAQ: RIMM) is left scrambling to retain its edge in the fiercely contested mobile sector. The BlackBerry-maker has made several acquisitions recently to bolster its mobile OS line and is set to launch its first tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, by early April.
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Android Ranks No. 1 in U.S. Mobile OS Market: comScore