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Android's share of the US smartphone market surged 4 per centage points between February and May, according to research outfit comScore, putting Google on the verge of overtaking Microsoft for the number three spot behind RIM BlackBerry and Apple.

comScore's latest numbers give Android 13 per cent of the smartphone market, just behind Microsoft's 13.2. Whereas Google's share leapt 4 per centage points between February and May, Microsoft fell 1.9 points.

Meanwhile, RIM and Apple also saw their shares shrink as well. According to comScore, RIM's share fell 0.4 points, while Apple's dropped one per centage point. Of course, these figures don't include the launch of the iPhone 4, which didn't happen until June.

comScore says that 49.1 million Americans owned smartphones during the three months ending in May. That's up 8.1 per cent from the three months ending in February. It still lists RIM as the market leader at 41.7 per cent, with Apple well behind at 24.4 per cent. Palm completes the top five with 4.8 per cent.

Though all the big players are losing share to Android, comScore says, they continue to gain subscribers as the overall market continues to grow.

In December, Android's market share sat at a mere 5 per cent. At this rate, Android will shame Steve Jobs and Apple in much the same way the Cupertino cult was shamed by Microsoft Windows two decades ago.

What's more, Android phones work just fine when held with your left hand. ®

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