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Google's Mobile OS Takes Top Spot

The Android mobile OS has overtaken Research In Motion's BlackBerry OS to become the highest selling smartphone operating system in the U.S., According to a comScore report released yesterday.

ComScore, a digital analytic and research company, studied the overall smartphone sales for a three-month period ending in January to find that in just 27 months on the market, Android devices have shot to the No. 1 spot -- faster than any other mobile OS.  Google's mobile offering jumped 7.7 percent of total smartphone subscribers to claim 31.2 percent of the market.

Research In Motion fell 5.4 percent to settle at 30.4 percent of the share, while Apple stayed steady at 24.7 percent -- an increase of only .1 percent. In little more than three months on the market, Windows Phone 7 devices have taken the fourth position with 8.0 percent share of the market. Palm continues to be last and drops another .7 percent to take 3.2 percent.

As for individual device manufacturer results, Samsung held onto its top spot and increased its mobile subscriber numbers by .7 percent to 24.9 percent. Samsung is the largest manufacturer of Android devices. Here is the complete breakdown of mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEM) for the three-month period ending in January:

Top Mobile OEMs
Smartphone Manufacturer Percentage of Market, October 2010 Percentage of Market, January 2011
Samsung 24.2% 24.9%
LG 21.0% 20.8%
Motorola 17.7% 16.5%
Research In Motion 9.3% 8.6%
Apple 6.4% 7.0%

comScore will be presenting more mobile trend data and analysis in a free webinar on March 15.

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Chris Paoli is the site producer for Redmondmag.com and MCPmag.com.

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