Android worldwide sales surpass iPhone

New second quarter numbers show Android sneaking ahead of iOS

Figures show tight battle between Apple and Google as RIM and Symbian struggle.

Another week, another report about Android’s raging sales success. This time it’s from analyst type Gartner, which says Google’s OS surged to 17.2 per cent of global smartphone sales in the second quarter of 2010, up from 1.8 per cent last year.

iOS devices, however, shifted 14.2 per cent, up from 13.0 per cent in the same period of 2009. However, Gartner says Apple shouldn’t be too disheartened, saying that the launch of the iPhone 4 during the quarter is likely to have constrained sales of the iPhone 3G and 3GS. It says demand for iOS phones is still rampant, and that Google and Apple will do battle for RIM’s second place in the sales table later this year.

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It wasn’t a good quarter for Symbian, however. While it remains top of the pile, shifting 41.2 per cent of smartphones during that time, that’s down from 51 per cent last year. Nokia will be desperately hoping the much-hyped N8 meet expectations.

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Via TUAW