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Google's Android Software Dominates ­.s. Smartphone Market

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Google's Android software continued its rocket-like ascent over the summer, ending the third quarter with the dominant market share in the United States among smartphone operating systems and a solid No. 2 globally.

Manufacturers installed Android on 9.1 million smartphones shipped in the United States between July 1 and Sept. 30, according to Canalys, a technology research firm, in a report released Monday. That gave the software 43.6 percent of the smartphone market during the period, up from 34 percent in the second quarter of this year and just 5.4 percent in the third quarter last year.

Worldwide, manufacturers shipped 20.3 million Android phones in the third quarter. That was up a whopping 1,297 percent from the same period last year and gave Android 25.1 percent of the global market. That put it second to Symbian, sponsored by Nokia and predominantly found on its phones, which had 37 percent of the market.

From San Jose Mercury News
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