“Google’s wildly popular Android mobile operating system gained
even more momentum in the third quarter at the expense, primarily,
of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry devices, according to latest
smartphone industry data.
“According to market researcher NPD Group, Android expanded its
lead among mobile operating system providers with 44 percent of
smartphones sold in the quarter, up 11 percent from what was a
blowout second quarter.
“Meanwhile, Research In Motion’s (NASDAQ: RIM) BlackBerry OS
tumbled to third place in the third quarter, slipping from 28
percent to 22 percent. Apple’s iOS inched up 1 percent to 23
percent, good enough to take over the No. 2 spot among mobile OS
installed on new smartphones sold in the quarter.”