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Google’s Android phones catching up with RIM, Apple in smartphone market--report

However, as per a report released by an independent tech analysts group Canalys on Monday, till the second half of 2010 Android-based devices have reported incredible 886 percent growth worldwide and 851 percent in the U.S. market alone.

According to the latest research report released by The Nielsen Company Monday, Google’s Android-based cellphones are catching up with the top players like RIM and Apple in the smartphone market and have also managed to outsell iPhone in the United States.

The Nielsen analysts noted that in the first half of 2010, 27 percent people opted for Android-based smartphone compared to 23 percent, who opted for Apple’s much-hyped iPhone.

However, report also noted that Android phones still lags behind its competitors as it has only 13 percent share in the smartphone market currently. Apple and maker of BlackBerry, RIM, have 28 and 35 percent market share respectively.

Google Android’s growing popularity could be result of its open operating system that runs on dozen phones made by various manufacturers like LG Electronics, Samsung, HTC Corp. and even Motorola, stated the report.

BlackBerry owners ready to switch over to Android or iPhone
Another startling revelation made by Nielsen’s report was that over fifty percent Blackberry users in the United States are contemplating switching over to either Android or iPhone.

The Nielsen analysts noted that in the first half of 2010, 27 percent people opted for Android-based smartphone compared to 23 percent, who opted for Apple’s much-hyped iPhone.

Out of approximately 57 percent RIM defectors, 29 percent plans to choose Apple’s iPhone while 27 percent will go with Android and the rest plans to pick operating system like Windows Mobile.

This is not good news for BlackBerry maker RIM considering that company is all set to launch its new offering BlackBerry 9800 soon.

Meanwhile, iPhone still remains the top most desired phone due to its loyal customers; as 90 percent current iPhone owners will be choosing iPhone’s upgrade if they ever planned to purchase another device.

Google already unprecedented king--Canalys
As per Nielsen, Google’s Android-based phones still have a long way to go before reaching the top.

However, as per a report released by an independent tech analysts group Canalys on Monday, till the second half of 2010 Android-based devices have reported incredible 886 percent growth worldwide and 851 percent in the U.S. market alone.

Canalys reported that Google’s Android has successfully managed to capture the U.S. smartphone market as it owns 34 percent market share compared to Apple’s 21.7 percent and RIM’s 32 percent.

Canalys’ analysts believe that Google's next target could well be world’s second largest market, China.