Latest comScore numbers: Android gaining at expense of RIM, MS, Palm

December 3, 2010: 1:52 PM ET

Another day, another chart showing more Android growth.

The latest numbers from comScore reveal that Google's (GOOG) Android continues to gain market share.  The Android platform was up  6.5 points for the quarter ending October 10.  RIM (RIMM), Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Mobile and HP's Palm (HPQ) were all down while Apple (AAPL) made modest gains.

Despite losing share to Android (or in Apple's case only gaining slightly), most smartphone platforms continue to gain subscribers as the overall smartphone market continues to grow.  According to the report, 25% of phones now being purchased classify as smartphones.

60.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in October, up 14 percent from the preceding three month period, representing 1 out of every 4 mobile subscribers

In slightly confusing numbers (below), comScore shows that more than a third of mobile users are browsing the web and downloading apps, something devices classified as feature phones don't do.

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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