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Android Extends Smartphone Lead as Blackberry's Share Dwindles

submitted on July 8, 2011 by HouTex in "Products / Gadgets"
According to new figures from comScore, Android and Apple iOS are picking up market share at the expense of RIM's Blackberry platform.

The research firm said in a recent report on the US smartphone market that Android grew from 33 per cent to 38 per cent during the most recent quarter, while Apple iOS saw a modest gain from 25.2 per cent to 26.6 per cent. However, BlackBerry's share fell from 28.9 per cent to 24.7 per cent over the three-month period.

RIM also lost ground in terms of hardware sales, seeing its share fall from 8.6 per cent in the previous quarter to 8.1 per cent in the latest survey.

RIM, Microsoft, and Palm all lost platform share. RIM was bumped out of the No.2 spot by Apple, as the former's share fell to 24.7 percent from 28.9 percent in the previous period, a loss of 4.2 percentage points.

A total of 76.8 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three-month period, up 11 percent from the preceding three months, ComScore said.

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