Android sales outpacing iPhone

For the first time ever, sales of Android handsets have outpaced those of the Apple iPhone, reports Yahoo News. According to Nielsen, Google Android phones now account for 27 percent of U.S. smart-phone sales among new phone buyers, eclipsing the 23 percent share held by the iPhone. The numbers cover a rolling six-month period and are reported quarterly. Android popularity reportedly has skyrocketed in the last year, from a mere 6 percent share in the fourth quarter of 2009 (when it was half of even Windows Mobile’s small market share) to 27 percent today. The iPhone slipped from 34 percent in that quarter to 23 percent. That said, the top spot remains—as it has been for over a year—occupied by Research in Motion and its BlackBerry, which holds a 33-percent share of smart-phone buys. As GigaOm notes, the phenomenal rise of Android—up 886 percent worldwide since a year ago—is a rare occurrence in the tech business, because the platform is now two years old and reaching a maturity level that should actually indicate a period of slowing growth…

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