Smartphone market share stolen by Android

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androidAndroid smartphones have taken 81 per cent of the market share in the third quarter of the year, ahead of both iPhone and BlackBerry.

Over 204.4m Google-powered smartphones were shipped in the third quarter of 2013, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, with iPhone shipments dropping to 13.4 per cent of the market.

BlackBerry held just 1 per cent of the market share as they saw their shipments drop to just 2.5m, down from 4.3 per cent last year.

Windows Phones saw a small rise, as their shipments grew from 3.7m to 10.2m to hold a 4.1 per cent market share.

We are reminded to remember that these figures don’t outline the amount of people who are buying the phones, but even so, it’s clear that Android have had a successful year so far.

Scott Bicheno, Strategy Analytics’ senior analyst, said: “Android’s gain came mainly at the expense of BlackBerry, which saw its global smartphone share dip from 4 per cent to 1 per cent in the past year due to a weak line-up of BB10 devices. Apple also lost some ground to Android because of its limited presence at the lower end of the smartphone market.”