Apple share falls less quickly as Google operating system takes over—but Windows Phone has barely sold half of the 2m handsets shipped, say new figures.

This article titled “Nokia and RIM bleeding smartphone share while Android cleans up” was written by Charles Arthur, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 18th April 2011 16.01 UTC

Nokia is suffering dramatic falls in market share worldwide, and RIM has seen a calamitous fall in its US sales – while the Android mobile operating system is streaking past rivals in almost every developed country to become the dominant player everywhere.

New figures provided exclusively to The Guardian by Kantar WorldPanel Comtech shows Nokia’s market share for smartphones dropping from 10% to just over 1% in the US over the past six months, meaning it sold only about 160,000 top-end devices there. The story is the same for the troubled Finnish phone manufacturer in every country over a 12-month or six-month period, with a collapse in market share that bodes badly ahead of its quarterly financial results due this Thursday.

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