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Android gains market share as BlackBerry slides

ComScore reports slight rise for Apple

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Android-equipped smart phones continued to gain traction among U.S. consumers, growing to a 28.7 percent market share for the three-month period ending in December 2010, metrics company comScore Inc. reported Monday. While BlackBerry parent Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) led with a 31.6 percent market share of total U.S. smart phone subscribers ages 13 and up from October 2010-December 2010, RIM's market share dropped 5.7 percentage points while subscribers of smart phones equipped with Google's Android platform gained 7.3 percentage points compared to the earlier three-month period, ended September 2010. Apple's iPhone platform, meanwhile, had a 25 percent market share among U.S. smart phone subscribers 13 and up for the three-month period ended in December, up 0.7 percentage points compared to the preceding three-month period. Microsoft, with an 8.4 percent share of smart phone subscribers, lost 1.5 percentage points, while Palm, at 3.7 percent, lost 0.5 percentage points...