Google beats Microsoft in smartphone war

09:35, May 20, 2010      

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Google's Android operating system moved into fourth place in the first quarter based on the number of smartphones sold globally that use the system, research showed Wednesday, revealing the rising success of the search engine group's push into the cell phone market.

Android overtook Microsoft's Windows Mobile, the data from research firm Gartner showed, leaving Google well placed amid the increasing popularity of mobile browsing, as handsets look set to soon surpass computers for accessing the Web.

The Android system, which was in 10 percent of smartphones sold in the quarter, still lags Nokia Oyj's Symbian, as well as products from Research in Motion and Apple.

But Gartner noted that Android beat Apple in the North American market in the first quarter and is likely to catch the iPhone maker soon at a global level.

"You have one vendor with one model, and eight to nine vendors with many models - of course you get bigger volumes," said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner.

All top handset vendors except Nokia have either launched or are planning to unveil smartphone models running on the Android operating system.

The growth of Android - whose features include easier access to Google services - helped smartphone sales jump 49 percent in the January- March quarter, Gartner said.

The global cell phone market grew 17 percent, year-on-year, in the quarter - its fastest pace in four years, as demand started to recover following last year's recession.

Market leader Nokia has seen its market share slip to 35 percent over three months, while its closest rival, Samsung, raised its market share to 20.6 percent, Gartner said.

Gartner also raised its prospect for global phone market growth in 2010 to 14 percent from a previous 11 percent.

Source: Global Times

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