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Android now UK’s most popular smartphone OS

Android now UK’s most popular smartphone OS

Google’s Android operating system has overtaken Apple’s iOS and Research In Motion (RIM)’s BlackBerry OS to become Blighty’s most popular smartphone platform, according to latest research.

Stats published by market research firm YouGov, which polled punters aged 18 and over, have revealed that 28 per cent of smartphones are now home to Android. That compares with 26 per cent for its closest rival the iPhone, followed by BlackBerry which trails a fair distance behind in third place at 14 per cent.

YouGov’s research also shows that more than four million Brits now own an Android. That’s one in every 15, in case you’re wondering and it’s a number that means it's growing faster than any of its competitors.

Much of this growth has been spurred by the release of a glut of top-notch smartphones in the past year, including the HTC Desire, HTC Wildfire and Samsung Galaxy S, all of which have been met with tremendous critical and commercial reception. That trend is set to continue with an even more impressive line-up of handsets due to land this year, such as the Samsung Galaxy S2, LG Optimus 3D, plus a range of smartphones in Sony Ericsson’s Xperia stable.

News that a third of the smartphone market in the US is now running Android will come as an added sweetener as Google’s looks toward toppling Finnish smartphone giant Nokia as the global market leader.



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