Android Takes Almost 50% Of The Global Smartphone Market

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Google’s mobile operating system Android has captured “almost” 50% of the global smartphone market, according to industry analysis group Canalys.Where is Android gaining its share points? According to Canalys: “There were particularly strong performances from Android devices in APAC countries, such as South Korea, where Android holds an 85% platform share, and Taiwan, where it has 71%.”

The next closest competitor is Apple’s iOS which has just 19% of the market. Following Apple is Nokia’s Symbian. (Canalys didn’t neatly lay out its stats in the press release, so we’re not sure how much share Nokia has.)

RIM has 12% of the market share, down from 33% a year ago.

Bad for RIM, but at least it’s not Microsoft, which has just 1% of the market. It shipped just 1.5 million phones in the second quarter, which is a 52% drop year over year, despite the hundred million marketing campaign for its generally well-reviewed and refreshed mobile OS, Windows Phone 7.

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