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Android, Samsung extend smartphone lead: Survey

Published on May 15, 2013 6:21 AM
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A Samsung employee displays the Samsung Galaxy S IV for a photo March 14, 2013 in New York City. Samsung, the world's largest handset maker, revealed their successor to the Galaxy S III. South Korean electronics giant Samsung, the largest maker of Android phones, boosted its lead in the smartphone marketplace with a 30.8 per cent share, up from 27.6 per cent a year earlier. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Google's Android mobile operating system grabbed three out of four smartphones sold in the world in the first quarter of 2013, extending its gains over Apple and its iPhone, a survey showed on Tuesday.

Gartner said more than 156 million Android smartphones were sold in the first three months of the year, or 74.4 per cent of the global total. That compared with 56.9 per cent in the same period a year ago.

South Korean electronics giant Samsung, the largest maker of Android phones, boosted its lead in the marketplace with a 30.8 per cent share, up from 27.6 per cent a year earlier.

Apple held second place with its iPhone and iOS operating system, accounting for 18.2 per cent of smartphones and the same percentage for its operating system, the Gartner survey showed.

 
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