The warring cults of Apple and Android could make Internet noisier now as data has shown that Google's Android-based smartphones have overtaken Apple iPhone during the quarter ending in November last year.

Market research firm ComScore has said in a report that Android has a 26 percent market share in the U.S., snatching the second position after Research in Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry while Apple was relegated to the third spot with 25 percent market share.
RIM commands the market leadership with a 33.5 percent share. Microsoft and Palm were at distant fourth and fifth positions with market share of 9 percent and 3.9 percent respectively.

However, InformationWeek points out that market research firms are not in agreement over the numbers. ComScore's findings were different from Nielsen's, which reported this week that Apple in November managed to stay ahead of the Android platform in the U.S. market in November, 27.9% versus 25.8%.

Looks like the Android and Apple enthusiasts will now have a field day defending their favored gadgets, but if you go by most analysts it's eventually Android that will romp home with the trophy.

Analysts have said that Android would eventually overtake Apple's iPhone, which uses the company's proprietary iOS, because of Android's widespread adoption among so many manufacturers, such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, and HTC. Apple is the only maker of the iPhone, which competes solely in the high end of the smartphone market, says InformationWeek.