New figures released by Nielsen show that Google's Android was the most popular smartphone operating system in the third quarter of this year, with its market share growing to 42.8%.
The second spot was occupied by Apple's iOS, achieving a market share of 28.3%.
Between March and May, Android's share of the smartphone market stood at 38%, while IOS held a 27% share, according to Nielsen.
In the third quarter, Research In Motion's BlackBerry saw its share of the smartphone market decline from 21% to 17.8%.
The total market share of Microsoft's Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 reached 7.3%, compared with 10% recorded in Nielsen's previous report.
Market share of HP's Palm and WebOS dropped to 2.2%, while that of Nokia's Symbian fell to 1.7%.
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