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Android races past Apple in smartphone market share

IDC, which tracks smartphone market share by operating system, said that nearly 105 million Android phones were shipped in the second quarter — more than double the number shipped at the same time last year.

Apple also showed strong growth, with an almost 28% gain over the previous year to 26 million phones shipped.

“Android continues to fire on all cylinders,” IDC senior research analyst Ramon Llamas said in the report, citing good prices and new phone models from Android’s hardware partners as growth catalysts.