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RIM takes a back Seat as Android Blows the Speed Limit

It’s Google’s time to shine.

According to reports from ComScore, by way of ComputerWorld, Android has taken passed Blackberry in U.S. market share. Here’s the information, coming straight from  the site:

Computerworld – Google’s Android was the top smartphone operating system in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2011, overtaking the market share of Research in Motion’s BlackBerry and keeping Apple’s iPhone in the third position, according to ComScore.

Android runs 34.7% of the 72.5 million smartphones in the U.S. in the first quarter, the market research company said. Android-based smartphones accounted for 28.7% of the market at the end of the fourth quarter in 2010, when fewer smartphones — 63.2 million — were in use.

BlackBerry’s share of the smartphone market dropped from a 31.6% share at the end of 2010 to 27.1% at the end of March, ComScore said.

Apple’s iPhone share increased slightly from 25% to 25.5% over the first three months of 2011.

One of the main reasons this has happened, as speculated later on in the article, would be the amount of device support the Android platform receives from manufacturers. Only Apple makes the Iphone, and only RIM makes the Blackberry; Samsung, Kyocera,LG,Motorola, and a few others support the Android operating system, and make devices for it. Though they might be in the lead now, let’s see how long they can hold as more devices are appearing with similarity after similarity, rather than breakthrough.

Chad O’Kelly [twitter: @CFOKmobile]