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Android Became Clear Smartphone Leader in First Quarter: Canalys

By REUTERS, May 4, 2011

Android Became Clear Smartphone Leader in First Quarter - Canalys - NYTimes.com

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Google's Android platform rose to a dominant position in the smartphone market in the first quarter, research firm Canalys said on Wednesday, increasing its lead over struggling Nokia.

The news underscores how quickly Google, which offers its software to phone makers for free, has raced to the top of the smartphone market -- also surpassing Apple Inc.

Google and Apple have revolutionized the smartphone market in just a few years, leaving former market leader Nokia in trouble.

HTC, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, Motorola Mobility and LG Electronics have all bet on Google's Android to build a strong position in the fast-growing smartphone market.