01 February 2011

Android Tops Smartphones

Several analyst reports on Monday showed the Android OS dominating globally for the first time in the fourth quarter in smartphones and gaining ground on the iPad in tablets.

At the low end of the spectrum, Windows Phone 7 (WP7) didn't even gain more share than its predecessor Windows Mobile in the fourth quarter, according to a report from The NPD Group. Windows Mobile phones are still sold by all the four major U.S. Carriers.

The WP7 rankings came out amid online speculation that the mobile OS will get an update next Monday to bring copy-and-paste functionality and other improvements to the phones.

Android became the bestselling smartphone OS with 32.9 % of the global market and 33.3 million phones shipped, Canalys reported. That was ahead of Nokia's Symbian with 30.6% of the market, or 31 million phones shipped, and double Apple's 16% market share (with 16.2 million phones shipped). Research in Motion had 14.4% of the market and shipped 14.6 million phones, and Microsoft had 3.1%, shipping 3.1 million phones.

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