Android overtakes iPhone sales

Global sales of Apple’s iPhone have been overtaken by phones using Google’s Android system, according to research by Gartner. Android’s global share of the market now stands at 17.2 per cent, up from 1.8 per cent a year ago, with growth largely coming at the expense of Nokia and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion. Apple’s operating system now sits in fourth place. The success of Google’s mobile platform has helped smaller handset makers like Motorola and Sony Ericsson compete with the iconic iPhone.