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Gartner: Android leapfrogs Linux and Windows Mobile

May 20, 2010, 12:02 (11 Talkback[s])
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" Android has overtaken Windows Mobile and Linux for fourth place in smartphone OS market share with 9.6 percent, says Gartner. The worldwide study of first quarter smartphone sales showed a 707 per cent year-on-year increase in Android sales in North America, while the total smartphone market saw its largest year-on-year increase since 2006, says the research firm.

"Smartphone sales to end users reached 54.3 million units, an increase of 48.7 per cent from the recession-burdened first quarter of 2009, says Gartner. This is said to represent the largest yearly rise in 14 years, although we doubt a 2006 "smartphone" would remotely justify that name today.

"Smartphones accounted for 17.3 per cent of all mobile handset sales in the first quarter of 2010, up from 13.6 per cent in the same period in 2009, says the study. (For more on global sales of all handsets, see farther below.)"

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