By Seth Weintraub
March 8, 2011

The upward surge of Android continues into 2011 where it passed BlackBerry for the first time in comScore data.

Today’s comScore MobiLens market share numbers show that Google’s (GOOG) Android continues to grow its lead in smartphone market share in the US.

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)

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