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Rivals struggle as Android sees European growth surge

Android has recorded strong growth in Europe’s biggest five economies. Google’s mobile operating system now has a 68.6% share across Germany, the UK, France, Spain and Italy, according Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s sales data for the last three months of 2013.

The figures are encouraging news for Android, representing a 5.7% increase over the same period in 2012.

There was less good news for either BlackBerry or Apple’s iOS, however, with both losing market share in Europe’s big five economies. A decline of 5.2% left iOS with an 18.5% share across the five countries, whilst BlackBerry lost 2.2% and now has a 1.5% share.

The fortunes of Windows Phone were better, with sales in Europe’s biggest economies growing by 4.6% over the same period in 2012, resulting in a 10.3% market share. However, the news of a double-digit market share was dampened by the fact that Windows Phone’s growth has essentially flat-lined, with figures remaining static when compared to the previous quarter.

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