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Android market share soars to 80%

Android market share soars to 80%

Google Android is now found on a colossal 79.3% of all smartphones around the world. That’s the headline figure from a new report by number-crunchers IDC, covering smartphone usage in the second quarter of 2013.

While Google has cause to rejoice, the lack of a new iPhone over the summer has led to Apple’s share of the market slipping to 13.2%, down from 16.6% in the same period last year.

IDC says that Apple’s drop is linked to the fact it hasn’t released a new device in almost a year.

With the rumoured iPhone 5S and low-cost iPhone 5C both due next next month, iOS’s share is likely to jump as the year progresses.

There was also good news for Windows Phone, which posted the biggest year-on-year increase of all the mainstream smartphone platforms.

Although it only accounts for 3.7% of global shipments, it’s now firmly in third place, well ahead of BlackBerry on 2.9%.

In fact, BlackBerry is now at its lowest point since IDC began tracking smartphone shipments. IDC says the Canadian firm will need ‘time and resources’ in order to improve its standing.



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