Android Sweeping Europe

Smartphones running Google’s Android are sweeping Europe, reports the WSJ, as handset makers and wireless companies push more affordable mobile devices. Android’s rapid rise has come at the expense of Nokia. On Tuesday, Nokia, the world’s largest cellphone maker, warned investors that sales in its devices and services business would be significantly lower than the guidance it gave in April.

Nokia was on track to introduce only three MeeGo tablet/smartphones before 2014 — far too slow to keep the company in the game, explains Business Week in a feature article.

In the first quarter, Google’s Android operating system ran on 34% of smartphones in Western Europe, up from only 8% a year ago. By comparison, the percentage of smartphones that ran Symbian fell by half to 21% in Europe from 40% a year ago, according to IDC. The worldwide mobile phone market grew nearly 20% in the First Quarter reports the research company.

According to the latest findings by the Nielsen Company, Google’s Android mobile operating system has secured 36% of the US smartphone segment, its biggest lead yet over second-place finished iOS, which currently enjoys 26%. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry is third overall with 23%.

Yesterday at the D9 conference Stephen Elop, Nokia’s CEO, quashed recent rumours that Nokia was set to be acquired by Microsoft. Elop said that, “the rumours are baseless”, reinforcing an interview he had given to CNBC earlier in the day.

Elop said Nokia will launch of family of Windows-based phones by the end of the year, around the holidays, reports the Seattle Times.

A working class Apple iPhone might disrupt Android, RIM, Nokia, says ZD Net. The iPhone 3GS can still hang with prepaid phones even if the device can’t plug into Apple’s upcoming cloud services.

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