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Apple, Android have smartphone 'duopoly': Survey

Published on Jan 29, 2013 5:53 AM
People walk in front of the 5th avenue Apple store on January 14, 2013 in New York City. Responding to weaker than expected demand, Apple has cut orders for LCD screens and other parts for the iPhone 5 this quarter. Shares for the tech company fell more than 4 percent to $498.20 before the bell on Monday. Analysts see the slowing sales as evidence that the U.S. firm is losing ground to Asian smartphone rivals. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Android and Apple smartphones captured a whopping 92 per cent of global sales in the fourth quarter, giving the two systems an effective duopoly, a research firm said Monday.

Strategy Analytics said global smartphone shipments grew 38 per cent annually to reach 217 million units in the fourth quarter, to bring annual sales to 700 million.

Android, the free operating system developed by Google, grabbed 70 per cent of the market in the final three months of the year, while Apple's iOS used on its iPhone held 22 per cent.

The news bodes ill for rivals like BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, which is launching its new platform this year, and Microsoft, which is pushing its Windows Phone system.

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