According to data released by Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, the Android operating system was the most used mobile operating system (OS) in six out of eight key countries UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, US, Australia and Japan, the London-based Guardian reported today.
Kantar, runs many surveys websites host, which, according to them, make their pages better. Kantar's numbers, therefore, only relate to consumer sales, not purchases made by big business.
Android was also doing particularly well in the UK, the paper said, as its growth was being driven by new smartphone users, as opposed to changing over from a different OS.
According to the newspaper, just under three quarters of all new Android sales came from those users that previously used feature phones, as against smartphones, while a low, 1.4 per cent had switched ship so to speak.
Android's loss, if it could be called so was also the gain of Research in Motion (RIM), as apparently a massive 85 per cent of its users had been former feature phone owners.
According to Kantar Worldpane Comtech's global consumer insight director, Dominic Sunnebo many users were concerned about losing the many apps they had paid for through the Apple store.