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It’s no great surprise to anyone who actually thinks about it, but a new report by Nielsen claims that Android is the number one smartphone OS in the United States with iOS and BlackBerry joint second.

Currently Google’s Android accounts for 29% of smartphones while Apple’s iOS and Research In Motion’s BlackBerry both hold a 27% share each. After that it’s a mish-mash of operating systems with Windows Phone (including Windows Phone 7) holding onto 10% of the market.

Of course when you put these numbers into context, it’s no great surprise. Android is found on more handsets than we can name at Redmond Pie Towers and with iOS being a one-phone kinda guy, it’s surely expected that Google’s OS would outpace Apple’s.

Recent success with devices like the original Motorola Droid, HTC’s EVO, Samsung Galaxy and Google Nexus lines of phones, along with the increase in usability and eye-candy of new OS updates like Froyo and Gingerbread are potential reasons for new sales of Android devices. Upcoming dual-core CPU endowed handsets along with huge 4-inch+ Super AMOLED Plus screens also help attract the eye of new buyers.

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