Android gains market share at RIM's expense

Google's Android smartphone platform continues to gain market share while Research In Motion's BlackBerry continues to steadily lose users, according to the latest data from comScore.

For the three-month period ending in November, Google captured 46.9 percent of the more than 91 million people in the United States who own smartphones, an increase of 3.1 percentage points from August. RIM's market share declined by the same number of points to 16.6 percent over that time period.

Apple remained second with 28.7 percent of the smartphone market, a slight increase of 1.4 points. Among all handset makers, Apple was fourth with 11.2 percent of the market; Samsung and LG were on top with 25.6 and 20.5 percent respectively.