Android Business News Nokia, , , , , , — February 15, 2012 17:09 — 0 Comments

Android smartphone conquest continues, but Apple bites back

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Google’s Android mobile operating system dominated the fast-growing smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2011, powering 50.9% of mobile devices shipped worldwide as it crushed Nokia‘s Symbian and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion.

Android was the biggest smartphone OS by share throughout 2011 – marking a conquest by the software for which the first handset only appeared at the end of 2008.

But the figure marked a slight sequential fall from Android’s third-quarter share, when it hit 52.5% – a fall apparently due to Apple‘s introduction in October of the iPhone 4S together with reduced pricing on older iPhones. That saw Apple’s share jump from 15% in the third quarter to 23.8% for the fourth quarter, the largest rise among any platform.

Apple also became the biggest smartphone vendor for the quarter and for the year, the research group Gartner said. Overall, it was the third-largest mobile phone vendor in the world, behind the Finnish company Nokia, which narrowly kept its lead over Samsung, from South Korea.

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