Google Android the most popular mobile operating system, followed by RIM BlackBerry and Apple iPhone.

This article titled “Half of UK population owns a smartphone” was written by Charles Arthur, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 31st October 2011 14.30 UTC

Just under half of the UK population now owns a smartphone, and Google's mobile operating system Android is powering half of those those being sold – followed by RIM's BlackBerry models with 22.5% and Apple's iPhone at 18.5%.

The pace of smartphone sales is accelerating rapidly, too. In the 12 weeks to 2 October, they comprised just under 70% of mobile phones, according to new research from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

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