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Google Phone Software Take Top Spot From Nokia

Posted by: , 13:49 AEDT, Tue February 1, 2011

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Google's Android is now officially the most popular operating system for smartphones, beating long time champion Nokia Symbian for the first time

Google's Android smartphone operating system is now the most popular OS, after figures showed that in the last quarter of 2010, 32.9 millions phones carrying the OS were sold. Contrast this with a year ago when only 4.7 million Android phones were sold, in the same period.

Android beat Nokia's Symbian OS for the first time as well, albeit narrowly: 31 million Symbian equipped phones were sold in the same quarter.

Apple's iPhone sales double from a year ago to 16.2 million.

Android's success is largely due to the way phone manufacturers have embraced the open source operating system, with almost all phone manufacturers, except for Blackberry, Nokia and of course Apple, producing phones based on the OS. In fact, a long standing rumour has even Nokia ditching its own Symbian OS and embracing Android, as a way to get back on top.

Android based tablets also gained market share, now up to 22%, with Apple most affected with their tablet market share dropping to 75% from 95%.


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