Android on Half the Smartphones Sold in UK, Almost Tripling iPhone Sales

Figures shows that almost half of the smartphones sold in the UK in the last three months were powered by Android, Google's smartphone operating system, with RIM's BlackBerry phones coming in second with 22.5 percent, and an 18.5 percent share of the market for Apple's iPhone.

Also the sales of smartphones are rising rapidly too. According to new research by Kantar Worldpanel, in the 12 week period up to 2nd October the sales of smartphones accounted for about 70 percent of all mobile phones.

The figures show that more and more Britons are connecting to the web via handheld devices which provide data access services on the go.

However, for the Finnish company Nokia, the last three months were not too good, with the sales of their smartphones declining day by day. Its Symbian operating system was able to make up just 6 percent of sales which was at 20 percent last year.

Apple is also facing a similar decline (though Apple customers holding back prior to the iPhone 4S launch would have played a role), its share in sales declined from 33 percent to 18.5 percent.

But this could be seen as a temporary trend, with Nokia introducing its latest Lumia smartphone models, which will run on Microsoft's new Windows Phone software. The new Nokia Windows Phone devices will be available from mid-November for sale, analysts expect their market position to rise again.

At the same time Apple will see a surge in sales over the next few months following the introduction of the iPhone 4S.

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