Google is now number four in the global smartphone market based on statistics gathered in the first three months of 2010, which pushes it past rival Microsoft, according to analyst firm Gartner.
Nokia, Research in Motion (RIM) and Apple are still leading Google's Android, but with ten per cent of smartphones now running the search giant's platform, the league table could be due for another shake-up before the end of the year.
Gartner confirmed that the iPhone was being outsold by Android smartphones in America and globally this shift would be reflected as more and more manufacturers choose Android as their operating system for new releases.
Microsoft can do little to fight back for its position in the smartphone market right now, as it is currently developing Windows Phone 7 for a launch later in the year.
Its decade in the smartphone software sector has been rocky, but it hopes that the new platform will provide it with an advantage over its competitors.
"We continue to see pressure for Microsoft. We expect to see difficulties also with Windows Phone 7 with limitations they are putting on hardware vendors," said a Gartner spokesperson.
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