Nokia Now Seventh in Smartphone Market

Nokia Slips to Seventh in Smartphone Market - " . . . Nokia, once at the top of the smartphone and overall mobile-phone market, has failed to keep up with rivals after betting on Microsoft Corp.'s MSFT -0.32% platform for its high-end smartphones, while using Symbian for more basic devices. Microsoft and Symbian together accounted for 5% of the operating systems used in smartphones in the third quarter, Gartner said. Google's open Android platform remained the dominant operating system for smartphones, as its market share rose to 72.4% from 52.5% a year earlier, Gartner said. Third-quarter world-wide mobile-phone sales to end-users fell 3.1% year-to-year to about 428 million units, Gartner said. Within this shrinking market, Nokia's share slipped to 19.2% from 23.9%, while Samsung took the top spot with 22.9% of all handsets sold world-wide, up from 18.7% a year earlier, thanks largely to demand for its Galaxy smartphones, Gartner said. Apple was the third-biggest vendor in the wider mobile-device market, as its market share increased to 5.5% from 3.9%, Gartner added. . . . "

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