Samsung sells nearly half of all smartphones bought in Europe

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."