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Google’s Android Passes 50% of Smartphone Sales, Gartner Says

Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 09:42 AM

Google Inc.’s Android software ran on more than half of all smartphones sold in the third quarter as consumers snapped up handsets made by Samsung Electronics Co., said researcher Gartner Inc.

The Google system accounted for 52.5 percent of smartphone sales, more than doubling its share from a year earlier, Gartner said in an e-mailed report. Even as some consumers delayed purchases to wait for Apple Inc.’s latest iPhone and other models, smartphone sales by volume grew 42 percent, it said.

“Android benefited from more mass-market offerings, a weaker competitive environment, and the lack of exciting new products on alternative operating systems,” Roberta Cozza, an analyst in Gartner’s European unit based in Egham, England, said in the report.

Smartphones gained one percentage point from the previous quarter to 26 percent of all mobile-phone sales. Nokia Oyj’s Symbian handsets lost almost 20 percentage points from a year earlier to account for 16.9 percent of smartphones as the company shifted to Microsoft Corp. Windows Phone software on models scheduled to ship this month. Samsung, maker of the Galaxy line of Android smartphones, became the biggest smartphone maker for the first time.

The global mobile handset market gained 5.6 percent in the third quarter to 440.5 million phones, Gartner said. It slowed from 35 percent growth reported a year earlier and 16.5 percent in the previous quarter. Nokia retained the top spot with a 23.9 percent market share, climbing from 22.8 percent in the second quarter. Samsung, LG Electronics Inc., Apple, and ZTE Corp. rounded out the top five vendors.

Research in Motion Ltd. declined 4.4 percentage points from a year earlier to 11 percent of the smartphone market in the quarter.

“Continued pressure is impacting RIM’s performance, and its smartphone share reached its lowest point so far in the U.S. market, where it dropped to 10 percent,” Cozza said in the report.


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