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Android to topple Nokia and lead Europe in 2011

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Android to topple Nokia and lead Europe in 2011

Google’s Android operating system continues to gain momentum and is set to become the dominant mobile platform in Europe next year, according to analysts' forecast.

Android phones accounted for 23 per cent of all smartphone sales in Western Europe in the third quarter, behind only Nokia’s Symbian and Apple’s iOS. Market intelligence firm IDC believes that at its current rate of growth, Android will surpass current leader Nokia’s Symbian by next year to take top spot in the continent.

The prediction falls firmly in line with previous suggestions that Android will dethrone Nokia by 2015 to become the global market leader. While that might not shock anyone with the remotest interest in smartphones, it will doubtless concern Nokia, which has been far too slow to react to Android’s emergence.

A huge part of Android’s success and rapid adoption has been the release of a deluge of top-end smartphones, including the likes of HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S. Although Nokia released its N8 smartphone in October, critics have said it is too little, too late to make an impact.

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