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No wonder Research In Motion is planning to move downmarket: statistics released today by ComScore show that Google’s Android just surpassed RIM’s BlackBerry as the number one smartphone platform in the U.S.At the end of January, 31.2% of U.S. smartphone subscribers are using Android handsets, passing the 30.4% for RIM. The BlackBerry has long kept the Canadian company on top, but Android phones are generally cheaper, offer more variety, and have far more apps.
The news was also bad for Microsoft. Despite the launch of Windows Phone 7 in November, Microsoft’s U.S. market share dropped from 9.7% to 8.0%. Apple and Palm (HP) were flat.
Here’s the full chart: