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Apple iPhone nabs highest share of U.S. smartphone shipments, Android OS most popular: Report

News by Todd Haselton on Monday November 01, 2010.

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According to new Q3 2010 data from research firm Canalys, Apple had a 26.2 percent share of the U.S. smartphones shipped during the quarter, and has surpassed RIM (24.2 percent) in U.S. market share.

During Q3 2010, Canalys found that phones running the Android operating system have a combined 43.6 percent share of the U.S. smartphone market shipments. 9.1 million Android units were shipped during the third quarter. Canalys lumped these Android phones together, not separating them by manufacturer, and labeled them simply "Open Handset Alliance (OHA) devices."

Microsoft's U.S. smartphone shipment share was just 3 percent in Q3, although it recently launched its Windows Phone 7 operating system which should help it improve in the following quarters.

Apple now also has a 17 percent grip on shipments in the global smartphone market, ahead of RIM's 15 percent share. Nokia has a 33 percent share of the global smartphone market.

"Once again this quarter, it was devices running the Android platform that proved the greatest driver of growth in the worldwide market, up 1,309 percent year-over-year from 1.4 million in Q3 2009 to more than 20.0 million units in Q3 2010, forming a quarter of the market share," the report said.

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