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Android leapfrogged BlackBerry in January to become the largest smartphone platform in the U.S., with 31.2% market share, according to the latest comScore data. Android’s three-percentage-point gain from December was combined with a one-percentage-point drop by Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS to 30.4% to push the Google mobile operating system to the No. 1 spot at the start of 2011.
Apple’s iOS remained the third-most-popular smartphone system, with 24.7% share in January, while Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform trailed further back at 8%, and Palm at 3.2%. Separate figures released by Nielsen last week also showed Android pulling into the lead for the first time, but in a tighter race in which the Google OS had 29% market share compared to 27% apiece for iOS and BlackBerry.