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Android Wallops Rivals, But BlackBerry Maker RIM Still Retains Top Spot

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) continued to lose U.S. smartphone subscribers through the end of September, as Googles Android platform gained market share and Apples iOS remained steady.

Those numbers were released on Wednesday by research firm comScore Inc.

From June through September, Google kept eating away at RIMs customer base, which fell 2.8 percentage points, comScore found. Google gained 6.5 percentage points, at the expense of Microsoft which lost 2.8 percentage-points as well as Palm, which fell by .5 percentage points. Only iPhone creator Apple held its place, with 24.3 percent market share, comScore reported.

By the end of September, RIMs piece of the smartphone pie in the United States totaled 37.3 percent; Google claimed 21.4 percent; Microsoft held 10 percent; and Palm trailed with 4.2 percent. In all, 58.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones from June to September, up 15 percent from a year earlier, said comScore.

In terms of hardware, handset manufacturer Samsung took No. 1 among OEMs, followed by LG, Motorola, RIM and Nokia. comScore said Samsungs market share rose .7 percentage points to 23.5 percent.


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