Google’s Android has become the most used OS in the UK after increasing its market share by 35.1% to 44.9% in the 12 weeks ended 15 May 2011.
According to figures released today (13 June) from Kantar Worldpanel, the popular operating system now accounts for just under half of UK market sales, and is also number one in Germany, France, US, Australia and Japan.
Global consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Dominic Sunnebo said: ‘Android now holds the top spot in six countries and continues to make large share gains in Europe.
‘In the US market, Android share has remained relatively static for the last few periods (54.7%), as iOS (30.8%) continues to claw back market share through its recent availability on Verizon.’
Although Symbian, held onto the top spot in Spain and Italy, Nokia’s OS saw a sharp decrease in market share from 31% in 2010 to 10.6% this year as it lost more customers to the Andriod and ioS platforms.
Sunnebo said: ‘Symbian continues to struggle this month while consumers await the arrival of its Windows-based phones.
‘Nokia is failing to attract new buyers to the brand, however, it retains an existing, dedicated customer base to sell the new Windows-based smartphones to later this year.’
Meanwhile, BlackBerry manufacturer RIM reported an increase in sales in the 12 weeks ending 15 May 2011.The company’s shares increased from 18.6% to 20.9%.