If the second quarter was an especially volatile one in the U.S. mobile space, then the third quarter quietly saw the continuation of some important trends. From Apple and Google’s ever-escalating battle for dominance to the runaway success of the iPad and increased consumption of mobile apps, tablets took a bulk of the headlines. Also garnering much attention were carriers, each jockeying for position as the mobile industry moves towards 4G technologies. Companies mentioned in this report include Apple, Google, Research in Motion, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T and Microsoft. For a full list of companies and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.