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Study: Android is half of all smartphone sales

Gartner says Google's Android system accounts for half of all smartphone sales By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A research firm says the market share for smartphones running Google's Android software doubled in the third quarter as more devices became available and Apple delayed release of a new iPhone.

Gartner says Android had more than half of the worldwide smartphone market in the third quarter, up from 25 percent a year ago.

Apple's iOS system, which runs the iPhone, fell slightly ' to 15 percent, compared with 17 percent a year ago. Apple typically releases new models over the summer, but the new iPhone didn't come out until after the third quarter ended.

Sales of the iPhone were expected to pick up in the holiday quarter with the Oct. 14 release of the iPhone 4S.

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