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Tesco Reveals Android Now Outsells iPhone

Retail giant Tesco has revealed that its sales of Android-based mobile phones has surpassed those of Apple's iPhone on its network.

Tesco Mobile, which offers mobile phone services based on the O2 network, said that iPhone sales were ahead of Android handsets before Christmas 2010, the sales figures equalled out in January, with Android surpassing iPhone in February.

The company said that judging by the current situation, Google's Android platform will grow meteorically in 2011. Apple's introduction of the iPhone 5, likely to be in the middle of this year, will no doubt have a significant affect on Android's market share.

Graham Harris, chief executive officer of Tesco Telecoms and Tesco Mobile, said in a statement “As one of the UK's leading operators, these sales are a useful barometer for smartphone trends. There is a lot of choice in the market and as a result consumers are driving healthy competition between rival operating systems.”

Tesco's announcement comes after a recent smartphone study conducted by research firm IDC revealed that shipments of Android based smartphones to western Europe had grown by 1,580 per cent year-on-year.

The IDC predicts that Android will see a compound annual growth rate of 37% between 2010 and 2015 in western Europe.