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Android smartphone dominance grows

Report shows Google OS powers 3 in 4 handsets

Android smartphone dominance grows
Q3 sales doubled to 136m units for Android phones.

The Android operating system dominated third-quarter smartphone revenues, according to an IDC report that indicates Google-powered handsets numbered three in every four sold.

The IDC report revealed Q3 sales had doubled to 136m units for Android phones and that the growth represented a 30% year-on-year surge in market share from 57.5% to 75%. The gains were shown to be taken from Blackberry (7.7%, down from 9.5%) and Symbian (4.1%, down from 14.6%), while Apple managed to increase its share from 13.8% to 14.9%.

"Google has a thriving, multi-faceted product portfolio. Many of its competitors, with weaker tie-ins to the mobile OS, do not," IDC analyst Kevin Restivo said in the report, which was released on Thursday.

IDC said Microsoft's 3.6% share could grow, given the recent launch of its Phone 8 platform.

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