How Android swallowed the UK smartphone market in 18 months

In just 18 months, Android has come from nowhere to become the mobile OS powering just under half of all smartphones sold in the UK – and half the people owning a mobile phone in the UK have a smartphone.

In the process it has bested Nokia's Symbian (since declared dead, though still stumbling to its grave), RIM's BlackBerry OS (which is fighting back) and Apple's iPhone (which, given its comparatively high price until the latest cuts to the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, was never likely to dominate long-term).

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