Google’s Android mobile platform is the top-selling mobile operating system among recent cellphone buyers, according to August data from The Nielsen Company, VentureBeat reported.

"We predicted this would happen in August, when Nielsen’s data showed Android outselling the iPhone, but BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion still held the top spot," the website’s Devindra Hardawar wrote Tuesday. He said that Nielsen’s most recent data shows that RIM’s sales have fallen from 33 percent to 25 percent while Android sales have gone up to 32 percent.

RIM and Apple are now duking it out for the No. 2 spot, Hardawar said.

In August, a report from research firm NPD group also showed that Android had surpassed RIM, VentureBeat reported.

In terms of total smartphone market share, RIM still leads with 31 percent, while Apple’s hold remains stagnant around 28 percent, VentureBeat said. Android, meanwhile, is showing significant overall growth – with an increase in market share from 9 percent in January to 19 percent in August.

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