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Comscore: U.S. Mobile Market Still Two-Horse Race Between Android And Apple

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Comscore’s latest mobile numbers are out, and they continue to paint a familiar picture: Android and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) are gaining at the expense of everyone else, especially Research in Motion.

For the three-month period ending in October, Android gained 4.4 percentage points of market share to punch in at 46.3 percent of the U.S. mobile market, Comscore (NSDQ: SCOR) said Friday. Apple gained 1 percentage point over that three month period (when measured by operating system) despite not shipping the iPhone 4S until the middle of October, while you can understand why RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) employees are drunk and disorderly following another dismal three-month period, this time down 4.5 percentage points.

Among handset makers, Samsung remains the top vendor in the U.S. followed closely by LG (SEO: 066570), but those numbers count both smartphones and non-smartphones. Apple trails Motorola (NYSE: MMI) in third place, but Apple of course doesn’t sell any non-smartphones and it was the only handset vendor to gain market share during the quarter despite selling a single phone that was over a year old.