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Android now on more than 50pc smartphones – Gartner

Samsung crosses Nokia in smartphone shipments

Google’s Android operating system was powering more than half of all the smartphones shipped in the third quarter, reported research firm Gartner. Samsung played an important part in this rise as it crossed Nokia to top the smartphone shipments.

Android OS was present on roughly 52.5 percent smartphones shipped in last quarter, which is more than double from last year.  According to Gartner, “Android benefited from more mass-market offerings, a weaker competitive environment, and the lack of exciting new products on alternative operating systems.”

The biggest downfall in smartphone operating systems came from Nokia’s Symbian, which lost 20 pc of the share, and was part of 16.9 percent of smartphones shipped. Nokia has shifted to Windows Phone in the recent times and has recently itself released its first WP powered offerings. This slide led to Korean manufacturer Samsung topping third quarter’s smartphone number with 24 million shipments compared with Nokia’s 19.5 million.

“Samsung was the No. 1 smartphone manufacturer for the first time, ahead of Nokia in Western Europe and Asia. Gartner attributes this to the strong performance of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones, which now cover a broad range of prices, and a weaker competitive market,” Gartner report noted.

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