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Android gains in US, basic phones almost extinct

Published on Apr 19, 2014 6:31 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Google Android platform grabbed the majority of mobile phones in the US market in early 2014, as consumers all but abandoned non-smartphone handsets, a survey showed on Friday.

The poll by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found 53 per cent of new mobile phones activated by US customers were Android devices in the January-March period.

Apple's iOS, the platform used by the iPhone, accounted for 42 per cent, the survey found.

Windows and BlackBerry devices each accounted for 1 per cent, while non-smartphones were just 3 per cent, the research firm said. Late last year 20 per cent bought a "basic" mobile phone.

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