Android Overtakes Apple In Smartphone Sales

Second quarter mobile phone sales are up 13.8 per cent to 325.6 million, a new study compiled by research firm Gartner has revealed.

According to the research, Android-based mobile phones have emerged as the top market grosser in the three month period with an impressive 17.2 per cent share of total sales - just 1 per cent below the second best selling Research In Motion's BlackBerry platform.

“We believe market share in the OS space will consolidate around a few key OS providers that have the most support from [mobile telcos] and developers, and strong brand awareness with consumers and enterprise customers," said Carolina Milanesi, research vice-president at Gartner.

Mobile phone makers Nokia, Motorola, LG and Sony Ericsson have all disappointed with a decline in their share of total mobile phone sales.

Although Nokia's Symbian OS is still the most popular platform in the market, its market share has fallen from 51 per cent to 41.2 per cent over the quarter.

Apple’s iPhone holds only 2.7 per cent share, and smartphone maker HTC does not even figure in the list of the top ten.