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Android market share doubles, iPhone on the slide

Android market share doubles, iPhone on the slide

Android’s market share has surged over the last 12 months, a report reveals, as Google makes hay from the delay to the iPhone 5.

According to the snappily named Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, at the end of August vast sales for Android powered Samsung and HTC smarties meant that Google's OS commanded a whopping 47.1 per cent of the UK smartphone market.

That compares to a comparatively trifling figure of 22.9 per cent at the end of August a year previously, with the boost taking Google’s OS to the top spot for market share.

Android king

Conversely, Apple’s iOS operating system has lost share, going from 28 per cent a year ago to just 20.8 per cent – due in no small part to the fact that the iPhone 5 failed to land back in June as was initially expected.

Elsewhere, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion shrugged off a lukewarm reception for some of its more recent smartphone efforts to post a four per cent increase to win a share of 21.5 per cent.

That was good enough to take RIM into second place, with Apple in third followed by Nokia’s Symbian which slid to fourth amid a 19 per cent decline to 7.2 per cent.

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