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Platform bests RIM, Apple in US market

Android was the top-selling smartphone platform in the US over the Q2 period, according to a recent report.

Research firm NPD placed the Google handset atop the US consumer market for the first time and ahead of Apple for the second consecutive quarter.

Overall, Android devices were pegged with 33 per cent of the total US smartphone market. Research in Motion claimed 28 per cent of the market, while Apple logged in third with 22 per cent.

Of the best-selling Android handsets on the quarter, the Motorola Droid model was top. HTC dominated the rest of the list, however, claiming the next four spots with its Incredible, Evo, Hero and Eris handsets.

NPD noted that Apple recorded a boost in sales due to the release of its iPhone 4 handset. RIM is looking to gain a boost of its own from the BlackBerry Torch, though NPD executive director of industry analysis Ross Rubin gave a mixed outlook.

"Blackberry 6 will soon offer features that have been popular in recently launched Android handsets, such as support for capacitive touchscreens and a WebKit-based browser," said Rubin.

"However, the Blackberry Torch lacks the large screen allure that has characterized the best selling Android devices at its price point, including the Droid Incredible and EVO 4G."

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