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Android widens smartphone dominance
Phones that run the Android operating system are the most popular smartphones, figures reveal
New York research firm IDC says Google's Android operating system has extended its dominance in the smartphone market largely because of the success of Samsung's line of phones that run the software.
IDC says Samsung and other phone makers shipped nearly 105 million Android smartphones in the second quarter. Android had 68% of the worldwide market, up from 47% a year earlier.
The gains come largely at the expense of Research in Motion's Blackberry and Symbian phones, used mostly by Nokia, who each saw their market share drop below 5%.
The market share for the Apple iPhone fell slightly to 17%, but the company shipped more units than a year ago. Apple is the second most popular smartphone maker, behind Samsung.