Sales of Android devices saw a significant rise
Sales of Android devices saw a significant rise in the last quarter of 2010 to become "the fastest growing operating system ever", new figures have shown.
IDC's latest European Mobile Phone Tracker report found that sales of Android phones increased year-on-year by 1,580% to 7.9 million units in the period from 470,000.
According to the report, the Western Europe mobile phone market grew annually by 3.2% to 58.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010, with smartphone shipments accounting for a 44% share.
Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research manager at IDC, said: "The last quarter of 2010 clearly shows the trends for the coming years in Western Europe. The Western European mobile phone market will be dominated by smartphones and Android will be the king of the hill."
He added: "Android surged from 4% to 31% market share in less than a year to become the market leader in Q4 of 2010 and the fastest growing operating system ever."
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