Google’s Android gains share in smartphones-survey

Tue may 15, 2012 5:00am EDT

* Android share surges in Spain, Italy, Germany

* Apple gains in US, Britain; slips in Europe

* Windows Phone share jumps to 3-6 pct on Nokia switch

* Nokia’s Symbian, RIM fall most

By Tarmo Virki

HELSINKI, may 15 (Reuters) – Google’s Androidsmartphone software stretched its market lead in early 2012,helped by new models from handset makers like Samsung and HTCand piling the pressure on rivals like Research In Motion and Nokia.

Research from Kantar WorldPanel on Tuesday showed Androidgaining share strongly in most of seven major markets -Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UnitedStates – in the 12 weeks to mid April.

In Spain and Italy, its market share more than doubledyear-on-year to 72 percent and 49 percent respectively, while italmost doubled to 62 percent in Germany.

Strong demand for the iPhone 4S helped market No.2 Apple narrow the gap with Android in the United States andBritain, but its share slipped in continental Europe.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone began to show some signsof growth thanks to Nokia’s decision to swap its legacy Symbianplatform for Windows.

Windows’ share in Germany more than doubled to 6 percentover the past year, and climbed to 3-4 percent in Britain,France, Italy and the United States.

These gains came at the expense of Nokia’s Symbian platformand Canadian BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, the biggestmarket share losers. RIM’s share in the U.S. market dropped tojust 3 percent from 9 percent a year earlier.

Kantar said HTC’s One X model made a strong start inBritain, making the top 10 list for the 12 week period eventhough it was on sale for less than a week.

Google’s Android gains share in smartphones-survey

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