Google's Android mobile operating system has overtaken Apple and RIM to become the most widely used OS in the US.
According to data released by The NDP Group, 44 per cent of the smartphones sold in the third quarter were based on the Android OS, an 11 per cent increase from the last quarter.
Apple came in second with a market share of 23 per cent in the third quarter. RIM dropped to the third position with a share of 22 per cent.
Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD, said in a statement: “The HTC EVO 4G, Motorola Droid X, and other new high-end Android devices have been gaining momentum at carriers that traditionally have been strong RIM distributors, and the recent introduction of the BlackBerry Torch has done little to stem the tide.”
He said that Android's rise in the third quarter came at the expense of RIM, which fell from 28 per cent in the previous quarter to 22 per cent.