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Android growth still on the up

Android growth still on the up

Massive manufacturer support for Android has helped Google's mobile phone platform to become the fastest growing smartphone operating system in the US, it has been revealed.

According to a study conducted by ComScore, Android accounts for nine per cent of the smartphone market over the Pond.

Although this is fairly small, it is indicative of the still-growing avalanche of support that the platform is currently receiving. Just three months ago Android's market share was 5.2 per cent.

These figures put Android in the number four position in the US smartphone market, behind Research in Motion (RIM) and Apple, which clung onto the first and second positions respectively.

The biggest loss of market share was experienced by Microsoft, which fell from 19 per cent to just over 15 per cent.

Palm continues to languish in fifth place, its webOS platform and Pre and Palm Pixi smartphones failing to capture consumer imagination or spend.

Smartphone ownership in the US is still limited to the minority, but sales of high tech mobiles increased by a fifth this year.

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