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74% Increase In Smartphone Sales Worldwide, Android Out Front

The world wide mobile devices market continued to grow in the second quarter, with Google Android maintaining its lead in the smartphone market.

According to a report released by market research firm Gartner, mobile devices sold to end users reached 428.7 million units in the second quarter of 2011, a rise of 16 per cent from the same quarter last year.

The sales of smartphones registered a year-on-year increase of 74 per cent, accounting for 25 per cent of mobile sales in the second quarter of 2011, an increase of 17 per cent from the second quarter in 2010.

“Smartphone sales continued to rise at the expense of feature phones,” said Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner.

“Consumers in mature markets are choosing entry-level and midrange Android smartphones over feature phones, partly due to carriers’ and manufacturers’ promotions," he added.

Google’s Android platform ended the second quarter with a 43.4 per cent share of the smartphone market, followed by Symbian with a 22.1 per cent share, Apple’s iOS platform finished third with an 18.2 per cent share but is aiming to dethrone Symbian soon enough.

Android and iOS are the only two platforms that have increased their global smartphone market share from the second quarter of 2010, with BlackBerry, Windows Phone and others along with Symbian, having lost a considerable amount of market share.