Google’s Android mobile operating system has passed the Apple iPhone in terms of US market share.
That’s up from about 20 per cent in the December quarter, and due mostly to strong sales of handsets such as the Droid and Droid Eris at Verizon Wireless, according to the report.
The iPhone saw its US share remain relatively flat at 21 per cent.
The leader in the US remains Research In Motion, whose BlackBerry family of “smart phone” devices has about 36 per cent of the market, according to NPD data.
A big part of the boost for the Android platform came from the launch of the Droid handset from Motorola in late 2009.
The device racked up strong sales and helped the platform’s market share surge from below five per cent in the third quarter to end the year around 20 per cent, according to NPD data.
Verizon is expected to put heavy promotion behind the latest Android device – the Droid Incredible from HTC – for the next several months.
The data may also indicate pressure on Apple to expand its base of carriers for the iPhone.
The device is still exclusive to AT&T in the US market, despite persistent speculation that it might expand to Verizon later this year.
The company has never commented on any of these rumors.