"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
"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
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