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Android growing at 900 percent clip, says study

May 13, 2009, 04:33 (0 Talkback[s])

"According to the Strategy Analytics report, "Global Smartphone Vendor Market Share by Region: 2008," Android will outpace the growth of the fast-growing Apple iPhone and RIM BlackBerry this year, writes Michelle Maisto in eWEEK. While sales of phones running the Android stack will grow at a 900 percent rate, the iPhone OS will grow at 79 percent in 2009, says the story.

"The study pegs global smartphone shipments at 152 million units worldwide in 2008, representing over 20 percent growth annually in a year marked by a major recession. Asia Pacific continues its position as the largest market for smartphones, followed by North America and Western Europe, says the study. Symbian, meanwhile, is said to be the only major smartphone OS to lose market share last year, and RIM Blackberry is reported to have displaced Microsoft's Windows Mobile to become the second leading smartphone OS. No other details were available, however."

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