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Android becomes top-selling mobile platform globally

In the U.S. market, Android remained the top seller for the fourth quarter, while RIM re-took the lead from Apple and HTC rounded out the top mobile device makers. Canalys said those figures could change significantly when Verizon begins selling the iPhone later this month.

"The U.S. landscape will shift dramatically this coming year as a result of the Verizon-Apple agreement," said Canalys analyst Tim Shepherd.

"Verizon will move its focus away from the Droid range, but the overall market impact will mean less carrier-exclusive deals, while increasing the AT&T opportunity for Android vendors, such as HTC, Motorola and Samsung."