WASHINGTON - Google's Android has surged past Apple's iPhone last quarter and is closing in on the Blackberry as the most popular smartphone platform in the United States, market tracking firm comScore said on Monday.
According to comScore, 63.2 million Americans owned smartphones at the end of December, up 60 per cent from a year earlier.
Blackberry maker Research in Motion was the US smartphone leader at the end of the fourth quarter with 31.6 per cent of the market but its share fell from 37.3 per cent the previous quarter, comScore said.
Google's Android mobile operating system was next with a 28.7 per cent of the smartphone market at the end of December, up from 21.4 per cent at the end of September.
Apple moved from second to third place with 25.0 per cent of the market, but up from 24.3 per cent the previous quarter, according to comScore.
Microsoft software was running on 8.4 per cent of the smartphones in the United States, down from 9.9 per cent the previous quarter, comScore said, and Palm, which is owned by Hewlett-Packard, saw its market share slip to 3.7 per cent from 4.2 per cent the previous quarter.