Android passed iOS in November according to ComScore. In December, RIM RIMM still had a 3 point lead over Android. In just one month however, Android has managed to grab the lead by almost a percentage point.
65.8 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in January 2011, up 8 percent from the preceding three-month period. Google Android captured the #1 ranking among smartphone platforms for the first time in January with 31.2 percent market share. RIM ranked second with 30.4 percent market share, followed by Apple with 24.7 percent. Microsoft (8.0 percent) and Palm (3.2 percent) rounded out the top five.
Apple AAPL was able to stay flat for the quarter while RIM, Microsoft MSFT and Palm HPQ continued to fall.
As for the top five phone device makers, Samsung and Apple had modest gains while Motorola, RIMM and LG fell.(below)