Android is now the most-used smartphone operating system in the UK, capping three years of remarkable growth for Google’s platform.
According to Kantar Wordpanel ComTech figures, Android sealed the top spot by powering 36.9 per cent of smartphones currently in use in the UK during the four-week period to January 23rd.
In second place was Apple’s iPhone iOS operating system, accounting for 28.5 per cent of high-end handsets out in the wild.
Data for marketshare also underscored Android’s pre-eminence, with the revelation that it now boasts a total share just shy of 50 per cent in the UK.
Apple’s share trailed at around 30 per cent, despite the relatively recent release of the iPhone 4S and the sales boost that always accompanies a new bit of iKit.
Android’s growth has been driven by a host of low-cost smarties (think: the lower-end Galaxy-branded Samsung phones), which have democratised smartphone ownership.
The next generation of Android phones are set to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress later this week, including the first-ever handset to be powered by a brawny quad-core processor.