According to a study by Strategy Analytics, Google’s dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6% share of global smartphone shipments, PC World has reported. The growth in Android phones during the second quarter of this year came at the expense of BlackBerry, Apple iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone, said the research firm. Android accounted for 249.6 million smartphones shipped in the quarter, up from 186.8 million a year earlier, and about seven times more than the 35.2 million Apple iOS phones shipped. The market share of Apple’s iOS slipped to 11.9% in the quarter from 13.4% in the same quarter last year, it said. Overall global smartphone shipments grew 27% annually in the quarter to 295.2 million units from 233 million a year earlier, the report said.
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