Google gaining on booming smartphone market

Google`s Android software platform rose to No 2 spot globally on the booming smartphone market in the third quarter, research firm Canalys said on Monday.

Google`s Android software platform rose to No 2 spot globally on the booming smartphone market in the third quarter, research firm Canalys said on Monday.

Nokia`s Symbian continued to lead the market with a 37 percent share, while Android had 17 percent of the market. It has surpassed Research In Motion, Apple and Microsoft this year.

Google`s Android software platform rose to No. 2 spot globally on the booming smartphone market in the third quarter, research firm Canalys said on Monday.

Nokia`s Symbian continued to lead the market with a 37 percent share, while Android had 17 percent of the market. It has surpassed Research In Motion, Apple and Microsoft this year.

"We are seeing more volume going into the mid- and lower-tier. We have reached a tipping point, smartphones are no longer the high-tier product," said analyst Pete Cunningham.

"Operators are looking to push smartphones into prepay market as these phones are generating a lot of data traffic revenues," Cunningham said.

This opens a new, large market for smartphones which have been sold on many developed markets mostly with monthly contracts.

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