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Google Android Already Ahead Of Blackberry in US Market?

Android may well have surpassed RIM's blackberry as the biggest smartphone platform in the US yet according to an NPD report.

The document shows that Android accounts for a third of smartphones sold in the United States while Blackberrys fell down to 28 per cent and iOS-based devices reached 22 per cent.

The rest of the market is divided between Windows Mobile, LiMo, proprietary OSes, WebOS and Symbian.

Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD, noted that "For the second consecutive quarter, Android handsets have shown strong but slowing sell-through market share gains among U.S. consumers".

In the last three years, RIM has always been on top of the smartphone stack in the US and the surge of Android and iOS devices made it very difficult for the Canadian-based manufacturer to keep the trend going.

Another report on Monday by Nielsen did however confirm RIM's place as the premier smartphone manufacturer but clearly showed that Android was the fastest growing platform out there.

The news come as RIM launched a new slider phone, the Blackberry Torch 9800, one which combines the Storm and the Bold in a single form factor.

Interestingly, Android's strength came from Motorola & HTC who flooded the market with top notch smartphones while Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson were still struggling to catch on.