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Android phones now owned by one in four Britons

Android phones now owned by one in four Britons

Android phones dominate the UK smartphone marketplace, new figures reveal, capping a staggeringly successful 18 months for Google’s platform.

According to data from Kantar ComTech, 49.9 per cent of smartphones in the UK are Android phones. That compares with 22.5 per cent for BlackBerrys, and 18.5 per cent for Apple’s iPhone.

The surge in popularity of Android kits over the last 18 months means that one in four Britons now own a handset running the OS.

Android army

The platform’s rise and rise can be attributed to huge sales for the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy range and low-cost smarties, as well as a series of underwhelming efforts from BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion.

Also contributing to the changing landscape in the smartphone market was the late arrival of the iPhone 4S, which hit the market some four months later than expected.

Nokia was the biggest loser in ComTech’s findings, with the number of handsets sold rocking its largely abandoned Symbian operating system falling from 20 per cent to just six per cent over the last year and a half.

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