Android phones now account for 48 per cent of the global smartphone market, a report reveals.
Over the second quarter, 107 million phones powered by Google’s operating system were shipped worldwide, according to market research firm Canalys.
The figure represents a rise of 73 per cent from the year-ago period, driven by strong demand for Android phones from HTC and Samsung.
Apple was in second place for the quarter, albeit by some margin, shipping just over 20 million handsets to take a 19 per cent per cent share.
This was enough to take the Cupertino-based tech giant ahead of Nokia, which now trails in fourth place behind Samsung.
However, Chris Jones of Canalys said that Apple’s standing against Android is in part due to the late arrival of the fifth generation iPhone. The handset was expected to arrive in June, but now looks set for a September launch.
Jones said: "The iPhone has been a phenomenal success story for Apple and a watershed product for the market.
"It’s an impressive success story, given that Apple has only been in the smartphone market for four years. With the next-generation iPhone anticipated in Q3, it’s likely that Apple’s position will grow even stronger in the second half of the year."