Google's Android has become the top smartphone operating system in the US, claiming a larger share than Apple and RIM.
A recent report by research firm Nielsen Company showed that the Google platform now controls 29 per cent of the smartphone market, compared to 27 per cent each for Apple's iOS and RIM's BlackBerry.
Fourth on the list is Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, which logged a 10 per cent share, followed by HP WebOS with four per cent.
The Nielsen study noted that Android is performing well particularly with younger users. The operating system claimed a greater share in the 18 to 24 demographic than BlackBerry or iOS.
Android's share came on the back of two handset vendors. HTC's Android phones accounted for 12 per cent of the market, while Motorola's claimed 10 per cent.
Apple and RIM remained the top two hardware vendors in the market, each claiming a 27 per cent share. HTC (19 per cent total), Motorola (11 per cent), and Samsung (seven per cent) rounded out the top five handset vendors.
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