Google Android Now the Smartphone Leader
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Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android dominated the smartphone operating system market, selling more than 36 million units to customers globally, up from 5.2 million in last year's first quarter to 36 percent market share. That's a shift from 9.6 percent share last year, according to Gartner.
In comparison, Symbian sales were at 27.6 million units, up from 24 million in 2010's first quarter, but an overall decline of market share from 44 percent last year to 27.4 percent in 2011's first quarter.
In firm third place is Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS. The iPhone and iPad vendor sold 16.9 million units in the first quarter for a total market share of 16.8 percent, up from 8.4 million units or 15.3 percent in 2010.