iPhone is the most popular US smartphone while the Android army’s march has propelled that multiplicity of devices to become the most popular OS, Canalsys reports today.

The analysts note massive growth in the sector – the worldwide smartphone market grew by 95 percent over the year ago quarter. Nokia stays ahead of the pack with 33 percent while Apple grabbed 17 percent worldwide, putting it above RIM.

Canalsys’ figures closely match those revealed last week by Strategy Analytics and IDC.

“In the world’s largest smart phone market, the US, Apple ousted RIM from the top spot, seizing a 26% share as iPhone shipments continued unabated. RIM has also launched its latest generation smart phone, the Torch, though it only saw half a quarter’s shipments in the US. But the plethora of smart phones running the Open Handset Alliance’s (OHA’s) Android platform meant that Canalys’ final published country-level data shows that it took the lead in the US market by operating system (OS), with a 44% share.”

“Devices running the Android platform that proved the greatest driver of growth in the worldwide market, up 1,309% year-on-year from 1.4 million in Q3 2009 to more than 20.0 million units in Q3 2010, forming a quarter of the market share. ‘With Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Sony Ericsson all delivering large numbers of Android devices, and with focused efforts from many other vendors, such as LG, Huawei and Acer, yielding promising volumes, the platform continues to gather momentum in markets around the world,’ said Canalys Senior Analyst Pete Cunningham”

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