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Android phone sales surge 886%

Android phone sales surge 886%

Android mobile phone sales rose 886 per cent year on year during the second quarter, new figures from research firm Canalys have shown.

The surge in take up for handsets running the platform was driven by cheaper models running Google's operating system and the ongoing popularity of higher end HTC phones, such as the Desire and Legend.

During the same period, sales of Apple smartphones increased by a relatively paltry 61 per cent. Nokia's Symbian platform retained its position as the most popular smartphone operating system with over 27 million mobiles shipping with the software onboard.

Commenting on the figures, Pete Cunningham of Canalys said: "Expect to see smartphones accounting for a growing proportion of the wider mobile phone market as they become increasingly affordable to more customers.

"By 2013, smartphones will grow to represent over 27 percent of shipments worldwide, with the proportion in some developed markets in Western Europe surpassing 60 percent and 48 percent in North America."

Microsoft saw shipments fall in the last quarter compared to the same period in the previous year, which made it the only firm to record such a drop.

Mr Cunningham attributed this to the fact that the Windows Mobile platform is largely defunct as most people are awaiting the launch of Windows Phone 7.

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