02 Aug '11, 3am

Google's Android platform has taken almost 50 per cent of the global smartphone market: Report

FRANKFURT - Google's Android platform has taken almost 50 per cent of the global smartphone market, dominating in the Asia-Pacific region, research firm Canalys said. Android, which Google acquired in 2005 and launched on phones in 2008, is used by almost all the major phone-makers including HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung. It was the No 1 platform in 35 of the 56 countries Canalys tracks, resulting in a market share of 48 per cent, the research firm said. By comparison, Apple, which shipped 20.3 million iPhones, is a distant second with a market share of 19 per cent, but it overtook ailing Finnish handset maker Nokia as the world's largest individual smartphone vendor. Samsung also overtook Nokia but Canalys said the South Korean handset-maker could have done better. "Samsung has failed to fully capitalise on Nokia's weakened state around the world, as the Finnish company r...

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