Android leaps Microsoft in Smartphone sales

Google's Android smartphone OS has overtaken Microsoft's Windows Mobile in the smartphone sales chart produced by Gartner's crystal ball rubbers today.

Android knocked Windows Mobile into fifth spot in the chart for the first time. Nokia's Symbian remains dominant with a 44.3 per cent market share, with RIM coming in way back in second at 19.4 per cent witha Apple’s iPhone OS in third at 15.4 per cent.

Google’s Android nabbed 9.6 per cent of global smartphone sales with Microsoft now languishing on ameasly 6.8 per cent of global market share.

A 49 percent jump in smartphone sales in the quarter ending at the end of March, boosted market growth to 17 per cent year-on-year, Gartner said.

"Smartphone sales to end users saw their strongest year-on-year increase since 2006," Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, said in a statement