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Android OS smartphone sales grow 700 percent

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 19 May 2010 23:39 User comments (7)

Android OS smartphone sales grow 700 percent According to the latest figures from Gartner, Symbian (by Nokia) remains the most popular smartphone operating system worldwide, although it is growing at a much slower pace than its rivals.
Nokia stood on top the leader board for the latest quarter with 24.1 million units sold. RIM, which creates the BlackBerry devices was in second at 10.6 million units sold. Apple, which only has one smartphone, the iPhone, remained in third with 8.3 million units sold. Android, the open-source OS created by Google, managed to surpass Microsoft's Windows Mobile to take fourth, with 5.2 million units sold.

From the group, Android, (by a long shot), saw the strongest growth, 707 percent year-on-year. Apple continued to see strong growth as well, with 112 percent YoY.

Gartner predicts that Android will surpass Apple in the next few quarters, as many more manufacturers are creating Android devices now, or have at least promised devices for the future. Android phones are already outselling the iPhone in the United States.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt says 65,000 smartphones running the Android operating system are shipped everyday now, showing continued strong growth for the OS which launched in late 2008.

The news also displays in glaring fashion the fall of Windows Mobile, which used to control a significant portion of the market but has now fallen of the face of the Earth. Microsoft still charges handset makers a license fee for the operating system.

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7 user comments

120.5.2010 0:19

Can someone please fix this article? I don't think that Apple's only smartphone is called the "iPhoneAndroid"

220.5.2010 1:04

< strong > tag missing a ">" at the end there, thanks for headsup Killer.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 20 May 2010 @ 1:04

320.5.2010 2:57

"Microsoft still charges handset makers a license fee for the operating system."

How pathetic...charging for an OS? Who do they think they are, Apple?

421.5.2010 15:41

I love how we have adopted miss use of percentages. Percent is really based on the whole and is a factor between 0 and 1 represented in hundreds, so therefore you can't have more than 100%. In this case it would be a factor of 7x or 7 fold not 700%.

521.5.2010 21:48

Originally posted by Mr-Movies:
I love how we have adopted miss use of percentages. Percent is really based on the whole and is a factor between 0 and 1 represented in hundreds, so therefore you can't have more than 100%. In this case it would be a factor of 7x or 7 fold not 700%.
percentage means out of 100 doesn't say can't be above 100

700 out of 100 = 700%

621.5.2010 23:00

Originally posted by Mr-Movies:
I love how we have adopted miss use of percentages. Percent is really based on the whole and is a factor between 0 and 1 represented in hundreds, so therefore you can't have more than 100%. In this case it would be a factor of 7x or 7 fold not 700%.
Percentage can ABSOLUTELY be above 100 percent.

721.5.2010 23:08

can be over 100% as the space shuttles throttle back at 105% on their liquid fueled engines.

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