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    Gartner: Android gained five percent at the expense of iOS in Q2, Samsung jumped 9 pe

    As smartphone sales stayed well ahead of feature phones with 225 million sold in Q2 2013, Android was by far the greatest beneficiary, according to stat analyst Gartner. That OS lept from a 74.4 percent share in Q1 2013 to 79 percent, while iOS declined sharply from 18.2 to 14.2 percent. The beneficiary of all that was largely Samsung, which shipped 6.4 million more smartphones this quarter than last, while Apple shipped 6.6 million less over Q1. Of course, Samsung has a wide range of inexpensive devices that still fall into the "smart" category, which may explain why Apple is rumored to be launching a more budget-oriented iPhone.
    Meanwhile, there's further evidence of a BlackBerry decline (as if more were needed), as Gartner's stats now have Microsoft's Windows Phone well ahead. Last quarter, Waterloo's OSes were ahead by a nose, but Redmond's Windows Phone OS gained significantly in Q2 with a 3.3 percent share compared to 2.7 percent for BlackBerry. Another notable stat had Lenovo elbowing Huawei and ZTE down the chart for a fourth place in smartphone sales -- quite a feat, considering that unlike those also-rans, Lenovo sells almost all its handsets in China.
    Filed under: Cellphones, Software
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    Source: Gartner
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