Android is now the top-selling mobile platform in the U.S., besting both BlackBerry and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), according to The NPD Group, a market research company.
The NPD Group said that Android accounted for 33 percent of all smartphones purchased in Q2, ahead of RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) (28 percent) and Apple (22 percent). The period marks the first time that RIM fell to second position since the fourth quarter of 2007.
But the rankings differ from a report that came out earlier this week. Nielsen reported on Monday that BlackBerry was still in first place by grabbing 33 percent of all smartphones purchased, whereas Android registered with 27 percent market share.
Regardless of who you wish to believe, there’s one message is resoundingly clear: Android is quickly gaining speed, and marketshare among the three dominant smartphone platforms in the U.S., Android, RIM and iPhone, will shift as new devices are sold throughout the year.
It will be interesting to hear what the critics have to say now. When Nielsen said Android was outselling the iPhone, they were quick to point out that the comparison wasn’t fair — it’s one phone on one carrier vs. multiple manufacturers on multiple networks. Well, it seems Android has picked on someone its own size — RIM sells multiple handsets on multiple networks, too.