Android powers past Windows on smartphones

Darren Allan
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Google’s mobile operating system has surpassed Microsoft’s OS when it comes to the smartphone market worldwide.

Android was the fourth most popular smartphone OS last quarter, according to Gartner, with almost 10% of the market.

It knocked Windows Mobile into fifth spot, as it only managed a 7% share.

This isn’t too surprising, as recent North American sales figures from NPD had showed that Android had even managed to overtake the iPhone in the US.

In global terms, Apple’s iPhone OS is still in third place, although given Android’s explosive growth across a number of handsets, it’s likely to be challenging Apple worldwide soon enough.

Top of the tree was Symbian, which still has the market well sown up with almost half of all smartphones, followed by Rim.

Microsoft is about to strike back, however, with the release of the much more consumer-friendly Windows Phone 7, which the company hopes will reverse its fortunes.

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