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Android Leads Smartphone Sales Surge in 2Q: Gartner

Aug 13, 2010, 10:36 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Barrett)

"Smartphone sales continue to increase at a break-neck pace, according to the latest data from Gartner, and makers of Android-based devices are the clear beneficiaries as this market starts to mature and sort itself out.

"This maturity is reflected in both declining average selling prices and profit margins, two statistics that researchers say reflect the dog-eat-dog competition going on for the hearts and minds of consumers looking to do more than place a voice call with their handsets.

"In the second quarter, more than 61.6 million smartphones were sold, a 50.5 percent increase from the year-ago quarter. The top four smartphone operating system vendors accounted for 91 percent of all smartphone sales, with Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android-based devices enjoying the biggest surge, exploding from just under 756,000 units sold last year to more than 10.6 million this time around."

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