The Android mobile operating system only
accounted for about 3% of UK smartphone
sales in the first quarter of this year,
but now it stands at more than 13%.
It goes to show that Google's smartphone platform is expanding very rapidly in Europe, where it has been landing new hardware and carrier partners over the past several months.
The latest numbers come from UK retail tracking firm GfK, which also show Apple's numbers tumbling from a 75% market share to 64%. Research In Motion, the manufacturer of Blackberry phones and the other one of the big three names in smartphone platforms, had a 2% increase over the period.
In the US, Android is doing very well because of its presence on every single major carrier, and it is benefiting from the fact that the iPhone is currently tied exclusively to the lowest-ranked major mobile service provider in the country.
In the UK, however, the iPhone is available on O2 and Orange, two of the biggest providers, so it has a larger available audience. Even with that, though, Android just plowed through sales over the past three months and it will be interesting to see where it goes from here.
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