Android adds to dominance of smartphone market

Google’s Android operating system continues to outpace the competition in the U.S., market researchers Canalys and NPD Group have found.


According to Canalys, Google’s Android platform was running on 43.6 percent of all the smartphones purchased in the United States in the third quarter. It was followed by Apple’s iOS, which captured 26.2 percent market share, and Research In Motion’s OS, which tallied 24.2 percent share. Microsoft’s mobile OS held 3 percent market share in the quarter.


NPD reported similar results to Canalys.


NPD found that Android was running on 44 percent of smartphones bought during the third quarter, though it claims Apple’s market share was 23 percent. RIM was just behind Apple with 22 percent market share, according to NPD. The market researcher asserts that Android’s growth over the second quarter–about 11 percentage points–was stolen from “RIM, rather than Apple.”

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