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Google Android Market Share Rises To 35 Percent

May 4, 2011

Research firm Canalys said on Wednesday that Google Inc.’s Android operating system took its market share to 35 percent in the first quarter of this year.

The firm said the market for smartphones grew 83 percent from a year ago in the January-to-March quarter to 101 million phones.

Google’s software platform increased its market share to 35 percent from less than 10 percent just a year earlier, and Nokia’s Symbian saw its market share drop to 26 percent from 45 percent.

Canalys research put Android at the top of the market in the fourth quarter, but the gap was small and other analysts saw Symbian still holding on to the top spot.

Nokia unveiled in February a deal to start using Microsoft’s Windows Phone software in its phones instead of Symbian.

Canalys said Nokia’s position further weakened in markets where operators distribute phones for their clients.

Nokia’s first Windows Phone model is expected to reach consumers by the end of 2011.  Without Nokia, Windows Phone continued to struggle in the quarter.

Canalys said Samsung shipped about 3.5 million smartphone using its own operating system, outperforming Windows Phone devices sales by over a million units.

“Samsung’s own operating system development, combined with the branding and investment in its Wave smartphones at mid-tier prices, has led to good uptake in developed markets, such as France, Britain and Germany,” Cunningham said.

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