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Android festigt Marktführerschaft, Windows Phone 7 verliert

Im zweiten Quartal 2011 lief auf fast jedem zweiten verkauften Smartphone Android. Damit kann Googles Android-System die Marktführerschaft festigen. Symbian verliert weiter an Bedeutung, während Apples iOS leicht zulegt. Mindestens Stagnation gibt es bei Microsofts Smartphonesystemen, die von Samsungs Bada-Plattform überrundet wurden.

Smartphone-PlattformVerkaufte SmartphonesMarktanteil
1. Android46,8 Millionen43,4 Prozent
2. Symbian23,9 Millionen22,1 Prozent
3. iOS19,6 Millionen18,2 Prozent
4. Blackberry OS12,7 Millionen11,7 Prozent
5. Bada2,1 Millionen1,9 Prozent
6. Microsoft-Platform1,7 Millionen1,6 Prozent



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