Google's mobile operating system Android captured over 50% of the smartphone market in the last quarter of 2011.
The landmark sees the operating system now on one in every two smartphones. The smartphone market experienced massive growth in the fourth quarter of 2011 with sales reaching 149 million units, a 47.3% increase from the same period in 2010.
According to information compiled by Gartner, the boost in sales contributed to Android phones claiming 50.9% of the market, up from 30.5% a year previously. Apple also registered an increase for its iOS system, which jumped from a 15.8% market share to 23.8%.
However, there was bad news for Nokia as its Symbian OS slipped to third place with a lowly 11.7% share of the smartphone market. The Finnish technology firm remains the number one global vendor of mobile devices though, largely thanks to the popularity of its entry level handsets in emerging markets.
Both ZTE and Huawei made inroads into the mid and low-range smartphone markets and Gartner said they became the fastest growing mobile vendors after Apple.
Copyright Press Association 2012