We were expecting more approvals by now and believe the slow-down in app approval process has to do with the recent roll-out of the Verizon iPhone and the desktop Mac App store. Despite this fact, we believe things will get back to normal in a few days so we can reach our 100+ app approvals goal for the month. In case anyone is wondering, today’s post is not the significant Press Release we will be sending out via Marketwire soon.

New data released Monday revealed that Google’s Android mobile OS has widened its lead on Apple’s iPhone and gained significantly on Research in Motion, the top smartphone platform in the US. (AppleInsider)

According to a comScore report released Monday, smartphone ownership in the US grew 60 percent year over year to 63.2 million owners in the three months ending in December 2010. Google saw the biggest gains, climbing within several points of BlackBerry maker RIM.

Meanwhile, Apple grew 0.7 percent from 24.3 percent of total smartphone subscribers in the US in the September 2010 quarter to a 3 month average of 25 percent in December 2010.

Google, which leapt past Apple to take the No. 2 spot in November, continued its rapid growth, posting 7.3 percent growth from last quarter in its platform market share. As of December 2010, the Android maker had taken 28.7 percent of the US smartphone market share, compared to 21.4 percent in the third quarter of 2010.

RIM saw its share of US smartphone subscribers plummet from 37.3 percent in September 2010 to 31.6 percent as of December 2010. With sales of Blackberry smartphones slowing in the US, the Waterloo, Ontario-based company has shifted its focus to international markets as of late, resulting in just one-third of its revenue coming from the US last quarter.

Microsoft saw its share of subscribers drop from 9.9 percent in September 2010 to 8.4 percent in the December quarter, as Windows Phone 7 failed to gain traction. Palm also continued to lose share, dropping from 4.2 percent to 3.7 percent over the same period.

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