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Android at no.2 in OS race, Nokia's Symbian still no.1 though declining

Research firm Gartner revealed that Google’s popular smartphone platform Android OS becomes the second biggest operating system in the third quarter. Android overtook Apple’s iOS and RIM’s BlackBerry OS to become the number two OS in the world after Nokia’s Symbian platform which is still at number one.


Gartner said that Android platform’s market share was up from last year’s 3.5% to a whooping 25.5% this year while Finnish company Nokia’s Symbian platform has a market share of 36.6% in the world wide market which is down from last year’s figure of 44.6%.


Next on the list is Apple’s iPhone platform which registered a market share of 16.7% this quarter which is down from 17.1% of market share last year. Canadian RIM, the makers of BlackBerry smartphone was in fourth position with market share of 14.8% as against last year’s figure of 20.7%. The figures clearly depict that Google’s OS Android managed to grab a huge market share and registered a phenomenal growth which is a clear indication of the popularity of Google’s smartphone platform.


Research firm Gartner points to the fact that the success of any platform rests on the fact that how quickly it innovates either through a vibrant multi-player ecosystem or clear vision of a single controlling entity. If the platform fails to do so it will eventually lose developers, manufacturers, potential partners and ultimate users.


And this is precisely the reason that could explain the success of Google’s Android OS. The firm has been constantly updating the OS with an aim to make it better and better. Very recently we heard Google gearing to make the latest update to Android with the release of Android v2.3 or ‘Gingerbread’.


The revelation by Gartner shows that although Nokia remained the world’s top handset manufacturer with sales figure of 117.5 million units in Q3 this year, but its worldwide market share has slipped from 36.7% to 28.2% this year. As against Nokia’s Symbian, Android made a spectacular boost in market share and sold 20.5 million items this year which is a huge leap from last year’s figures of 1.4 million.


The research firm also acknowledged that smartphones have become increasingly popular and now captures one-fifth of the total mobile sales figure.

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Android at no.2 in OS race, Nokia's Symbian still no.1 though declinin
The firm has been constantly updating the OS with an aim to make it better and better.
Posted by Arps
Android at no.2 in OS race, Nokia's Symbian still no.1 though declinin
good news for nokia. at least symbian's still on the lead. better be ready to create new designs and effective marketing strategies, wake up nokia peeps! and we'll support you guys.
Posted by mhey