Android Jumps Into Second Place Worldwide

Gartner last year said Android wouldn’t be the No. 2 operating system in the world until 2012, but the future seems to have come early for the platform, which Gartner said todaygrabbed 25.5 percent of the smartphone market in the third quarter, up from 3.5 percent a year ago, good enough to move into second place behind Symbian. Regcure

The ascent of Android is well documented, and shouldn’t come as much of a surprise if you’ve been watching sales over the last year. But what it suggests is that the smartphone market is still very fluid and even predictions made a year ago are proving to be wrong. We look at the momentum of Android and Apple and presume it to be a two-horse race, but the fact is that the competition is still in its early stages. Gartner said smartphones, which almost doubled in growth in the third quarter, only account for 19.3 percent of all cell phones sold in the third quarter, meaning there’s a lot of opportunity left as consumers make the shift to full-featured handsets.

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