Apple’s iPhone passes RIM’s BlackBerry for second place in U.S. smartphone market


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Research in Motion’s BlackBerry line fell to the third spot in the U.S. smartphone market in April as Apple’s iPhone moved into the No. 2 position behind Google’s Android phones, according to a new report.

BlackBerry phones have been the second-most-popular smartphone platform in the U.S. since January, according to research firm ComScore. RIM was in the top spot before that, but dethroned as the smartphone platform leader by Google’s Android.


Over the three-month period ended April 30, Android nabbed a 36.4% share of the market, while the iPhone took a 26% share and RIM fell to third place with a 25.7% share, down from 30.4% in the three-month period ended Jan. 31, according to the ComScore report released Friday.

About 74.6 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three-month period ended in April, up 13% from the previous three-month period, ComScore said.

Behind Google, Apple and RIM comes Microsoft’s Windows Phone handsets with a 6.7% share during the period ended in April, down from 8% during the previous period, and HP’s Palm line of phones with a 2.6% share in the latest period, down from 3.2% in the previous period.

ComScore’s report largely lines up with the market share split as determined by the Nielsen research firm, which also reported a top three of Android, iPhone and BlackBerry this week.


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