FIGURES FROM ANALYTICS OUTFIT Comscore show that Google's Android mobile operating system has over half of the US smartphone market for the first time.
According to Comscore, Android has 52 percent of the US smartphone market, and Samsung, the Korean hardware firm that is locked in a legal war with Apple, has the lion's share of that.
The study, which looked at mobile usage over a three month period, gives Samsung 25.6 percent market share and Google's Android 52.2 percent.
Apple meanwhile had 33.4 percent market share. However, this might change if its gets its way and manages to get a shedload of Samsung's smartphones banned in the US.
Both Google and Apple made gains during the three month period, the former by 1.4 percentage points and the latter by 2 percentage points.
RIM, which makes the Blackberry handsets, is third with a 9.5 percent market share, and Microsoft is in fourth place with 3.6 percent. Symbian, which is most closely associated with Nokia, takes 0.8 percent.
The US market could be due for something of a shake-up however, as Apple is expected to announce its Iphone 5 next week. Nokia too will soon launch smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.
But a sales ban on Samsung devices could have the biggest impact, as Apple is looking to get around ten of its rival's units blocked in the US. If that happens Samsung could find that its US market share suddently falls off a cliff. µ
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