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Android stretches lead in smartphone market

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Android stretches lead in smartphone market

Android extended its lead over rival smartphone operating systems in the first quarter, new data reveals.

According to a report from research company Canalys, Google OS now commands a 35 per cent share of the global smartphone market - lengthening its lead in the first place position it attained during the fourth quarter of 2010.

The figures are indicative of Android’s remarkable rise over the last 12 months. A year ago Canalys data showed it held just ten per cent of the market.

Its exponential growth has been attributed to strong sales for flagship phones from the likes of HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG, as well as the launch of 4G phones in key markets.

This helped Android account for almost 50 per cent of all smartphone sales in the US during the three-month period.

The results make less cheerful reading for Nokia. Symbian smartphones’ market share has fallen from 45 per cent to 26 per cent over the last 12 months.

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