*Google’s Android mobile operating system has finally flown past Apple’s iOS and the BlackBerry OS to become the most popular smartphone platform in the US.

According to new statistics released by research firm Nielson, Android now dominates with over 29 per cent of the US smartphone market followed by Apple’s iOS and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry with a 27 per cent market share each.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform was awarded the fourth spot with a 10 per cent smartphone market share followed by Palm OS at 4 per cent, and Symbian with 2 per cent.

Google may be winning the OS war but Apple and RIM remain the top smartphone manufacturers, the Nielson report found.

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