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"Much of Android's quarterly share growth came at the expense of RIM, rather than Apple," Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD, said in a statement. "The HTC EVO 4G, Motorola Droid X, and other new high-end Android devices have been gaining momentum at carriers that traditionally have been strong RIM distributors, and the recent introduction of the BlackBerry Torch has done little to stem the tide."
Along with NPD Group, UK research firm Canalys also released a report showing that Google Android has tightened its stranglehold on the mobile OS market in the third quarter.
According to Canalys' figures, the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), which uses Android in 9.1 million phones, had 44 percent of smartphone shipments in the third quarter, an increase of 10 percent from the previous quarter. Apple, meanwhile, had 26 percent of the smartphone market with 5.5 million devices sold that use iOS. RIM also placed third in Canalys' findings, owning just over 24 percent of the market.