Android beats iPhone Q1 share in US

Google's Nexus One: helping to boost Android take-up
Google's Nexus One: helping to boost Android take-up

LONDON - Mobile phones that use Google's Android operating system have outsold Apple's iPhone in the US for the first time.

Android accounted for 28% of the sales in the US smartphone market in the first quarter of this year, with the iPhone mustering up a 21% share, according to research from the NPD Group. However, both handsets still fall well short of the 36% share achieved by Blackberry.

Google launched its first device, the G1, more than a year after Apple's first iPhone was released.

Since then the popularity of the operating system has rapidly increased thanks to a range of new handsets.

Earlier this year, Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt revealed that 60,000 phones that use the Android system were being shipped per day.

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