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Google's Android in 4 of 5 smartphones sold last year, survey shows

Published on Jan 30, 2014 1:10 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Google Android system was used on 78.9 per cent of smartphones sold globally last year.

The report, by the research firm Strategy Analytics, confirms the ascendancy of Android, which has extended its lead over Apple's iOS, which is used on the iPhone.

"There is little doubt that 2013 was the year of Android," said Mr Neil Mawston, analyst with the consultancy. "However, Android's annual growth rate slowed to 62 per cent in 2013, its lowest level in the platform's history. We expect Android's growth to slow further in 2014 due to market saturation, and rivals like Microsoft or Firefox will be ready to pounce on any signs of a major slowdown for Android this year."

The report said Apple's global market share slipped to 15.5 per cent last year from 19.4 per cent in 2012. Meanwhile, Windows Phone grabbed third place with a 3.6 per cent share, up from 2.7 per cent a year earlier.

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