Android has overtaken the iPhone to become the US’s second biggest smartphone platform, new data reveals.
According to research conducted by ComScore, in the three months to November Android phones accounted for 26 per cent of the US market, after expanding their share by 6.4 per cent over the period.
The growth saw Google’s platform supersede Apple’s iPhone iOS for the first time ever, pushing Cupertino’s operating system into third place with a 20 per cent share.
However, despite the shifting sands in the market, BlackBerry remains at the top of the smartphone tree with 33.5 per cent. Worryingly for business phone maker Research in Motion, though, is that this represents a whopping four per cent slide from the preceding quarter – suggesting that its once seemingly unassailable grip is slipping.
Android’s remarkable growth has been fuelled partly by a surfeit of cheaper handsets that allow users to get onboard for very little outlay as well as huge sales for higher-end devices from Samsung and HTC.
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