Android’s Users Eclipse iPhone’s for First Time, comScore Says

For the first time, more Americans say they are using cellphones powered by Google Inc.’s Android system than Apple Inc.’s iPhone, according to a new survey from technology-tracking firm comScore Inc.

About 26 percent of U.S. smartphone users said an Android device was their primary phone in the three months ending in November, compared with 25 percent using Apple Inc.’s iPhones, comScore said. BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. still held the first-place spot, but its share of users declined to 33.5 percent from 37.6 percent in August.

The news comes as the biggest gadget show of the year kicks off Wednesday. Other estimates, like those from market-research firm NPD Group, have shown Android devices outselling iPhones, or moving ahead among consumers only. But comScore’s numbers show Android now has the larger user base overall, even counting business users and people who still have older phones.

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