Samsung sells nearly half of all smartphones bought in Europe

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The Independent Online

Google's stranglehold over the smartphone market in Europe is tightening as the internet giant's Android operating system now has more than a 70 per cent share.

Android's rise was largely down to the continued popularity of Samsung, which is selling nearly half of all smartphones in Europe.

Apple's operating system, iOS, has only a 17.8 per cent share in Europe, and Microsoft's Windows platform languishes on 6.8 per cent.

Paul Moore, global director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, part of WPP, which compiled the data, said: "Across Europe, Android growth remains strong. In the US Apple's expanded distribution agreement with T-Mobile is helping the iPhone keep Android growth at bay."