Android OS Captures 52% of Smartphone Sales During Q3

Google's Android mobile OS was installed on more than half of smartphone devices sold in the third quarter.

A new report released by research firm Gartner revealed that Android was installed on 52.5 percent of smartphones sold in the third quarter, according to Bloomberg.

"Android benefited from more mass-market offerings, a weaker competitive environment, and the lack of exciting new products on alternative operating systems," said Roberta Cozza, an analyst with Gartner.

Gartner revealed that despite consumers waiting for Apple to launch a new iPhone, sales of smartphones increased by 42 percent in the third quarter. Over all, smartphones accounted for 26 percent of total mobile phone sales around the world.

The report also revealed the global mobile phone market increased by 5.6 percent in the third quarter with total number of mobile phones shipped to 440.5 million.

For the third quarter, Nokia remained the top mobile phone manufacturer with a market share of 23.6 percent, followed by Samsung, LG Electronics, Apple, and ZTE Corp.

Meanwhile, Research in Motion continued to slip, acquiring an 11 percent share in the smartphone market during the third quarter.