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Android No. 2 Mobile OS: Apple Eats Its Dust

Google's Android is now the second most popular mobile operating system in the world - second only to Nokia's Symbian OS, according to <a href="http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1466313">Gartner's third quarter report</a>. Apple's iOS comes in third, followed by Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry OS, and Microsoft Windows Mobile.

In just a year, Android gobbled up over a quarter of the worldwide mobile OS market (25.5 percent), outclassed only by Nokia's Symbian, which has 36.6 percent of the market.

iOS, now on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, has 15.7 percent of the pie, and RIM has just under 15 percent. Windows Mobile is last, with 2.8 percent (this doesn't include the newly released Windows Phone 7 sales).

This time 2009, Android was an upstart mobile OS with a huge potential representing a mere 3.5 percent of a market dominated by Nokia (44.6 percent) and RIM (20.7 percent).

Apple had just over 17 percent and Windows Mobile 7.9 percent. Twelve months later, the picture is radically different. Android has overtaken Microsoft, RIM and its bitter rival iOS, with only Nokia's giant operations standing in its way.

Full story: PC World