Google's Android gains share in smartphones-survey

HELSINKI Tue May 15, 2012 7:10am EDT

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HELSINKI (Reuters) - Google's Android smartphone software stretched its market lead in early 2012, helped by new models from handset makers like Samsung and HTC and piling the pressure on rivals like Research In Motion and Nokia.

Research from Kantar WorldPanel on Tuesday showed Android gaining share strongly in most of seven major markets - Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States - in the 12 weeks to mid April.

In Spain and Italy, its market share more than doubled year-on-year to 72 percent and 49 percent respectively, while it almost doubled to 62 percent in Germany.

Strong demand for the iPhone 4S helped market No.2 Apple narrow the gap with Android in the United States and Britain, but its share slipped in continental Europe.

Microsoft's Windows Phone began to show some signs of growth thanks to Nokia's decision to swap its legacy Symbian platform for Windows.

Windows' share in Germany more than doubled to 6 percent over the past year, and climbed to 3-4 percent in Britain, France, Italy and the United States.

These gains came at the expense of Nokia's Symbian platform and Canadian BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, the biggest market share losers. RIM's share in the U.S. market dropped to just 3 percent from 9 percent a year earlier.

Kantar said HTC's One X model made a strong start in Britain, making the Top 10 list for the 12 week period even though it was on sale for less than a week.

(Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by Mark Potter)

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scythe wrote:
(Reuters) – Nokia launched two low-end cellphones on Tuesday, aiming to regain its footing in emerging markets.

Operating system: Symbian Series 40

Windows Phone market share is so tiny, Nielsen doesn’t even list it
“The bad news for Windows Phone market share continues: In a recent report, Windows Phone market share was so small in the U.S. that the well-known research firm Nielsen didn’t even bother to break out its usage,” Preston Gralla reports for Computerworld. (Friday, March 30, 2012)

Could Linux still usurp Windows Phone as Nokia’s saviour?

Elsop told a group of engineers in Berlin last year that the goal is once again to “find that next big thing that blows away Apple, Android, and everything we’re doing with Microsoft right now, and makes it irrelevant – all of it. So go for it, without having to worry about saving Nokia’s rear end in the next 12 months. I’ve taken off the handcuffs.” The product in development is known as Meltemi, a Linux-based OS, which was referenced in a memo leaked to the The Wall Street Journal last year.

May 15, 2012 7:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
microsoft monopoly needs to end before we think them as an option for consumer electronics… they abuse their monopoly so much so long… i am sick and tired of them… love my android…

May 15, 2012 11:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
hhammack wrote:
“microsoft monopoly needs to end before we think them as an option for consumer electronics… they abuse their monopoly so much so long… i am sick and tired of them… love my android…”

You’re a frickin’ idiot. So it’s okay that Google has a monopoly in search and Apple has a virtual monopoly in tablets, but it’s not okay for Microsoft to have one in operating systems? Let me explain a few basic facts you retarded swine. One, Microsoft hasn’t abused their monopoly in over ten years. Two, Google is currently under investigation in the U.S. and Europe for antitrust behavior. But that’s okay with you because it’s Google. Apple is also under investigation as well. But no, we can only slam Microsoft’s past behavior and not Google or Apple’s current behavior.

Nobody cares that you’re a Microsoft hating Google fanboy. As far as I’m concerned, you should be kicked in the face.

As a former Android user, that OS is an ugly, unintuitive, fragmented, laggy, malware-ridden POS. It’s sales success only proves that most consumers have no tasted to speak of.

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