Android Eclipses Symbian As Leading OS Globally in Q2

According to Gartner, Android became the leading smartphone platform globally in Q2. Symbian, RIM and Windows all lost share by comparison. The data represent an acceleration of trends that have been building for some time.

Apple was the fourth largest handset vendor according to Gartner; and iOS was the third largest smartphone OS after Android and Symbian. However next quarter iOS will pass Symbian almost certainly.

Top global handset vendors: 

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Smartphone operating systems: 

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Year over year Android grew 26.2% while Symbian lost 18.8%. RIM lost 6% points and Windows lost just over 3%. Gartner called out the combined smartphone dominance of Google and Apple: "The combined share of iOS and Android in the smartphone operating system (OS) market doubled to nearly 62% in the second quarter of 2011."

Obviously Nokia and Microsoft hope that their relationship, with an inaugural handset due out later this year, will reverse their declines. Right now however it's a two-horse race.