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Symbian surpassed by iOS as the smartphone platform king of the UK

Symbian surpassed by iOS as the smartphone platform king of the UK
Symbian surpassed by iOS as the smartphone platform king of the UK
Thanks to a serious increase in Apple iPhone ownership in the UK over the last year, iOS  has surpassed Symbian as the smartphone platform of choice with close to 6 million users.

Apple iPhone ownership grew by 46% by this past May. It has not been specified which iPhones are the primary culprit in such substantial growth, but the iPhone 4 is suspect #1. Nokia’s aging Symbian platform has worn the crown for a while but they have had difficulties keeping up with the times. Ownership fell off by 10%, cutting the number of users across the nation to 4.5 million.  

Google’s rapidly-growing Android platform also saw substantial growth, but still comes in as a close second when it comes to dominance in the UK. Adoption of the little green robot in the UK jumped up by a ridiculous 634%. That is a monstrous increase for what is now the world’s largest mobile platform.

Symbian now sits in third, while RIM (59% increase) and Microsoft (32% decrease) are in fourth and fifth respectively. The rise of iOS and Android is becoming the norm around the globe. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

source: comScore via Electronista

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posted on 23 Jul 2011, 00:47 7

1. dionddc (Posts: 129; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Android is about to overtake iOS in the UK now. Good news.

No surprise here though, given that it already has in the US and other parts of the world. I would expect the UK to follow, and it is.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 07:39 7

8. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Yep, Galaxy S II will decimate iOasS

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 09:59 5

16. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i see phone arena does read the user comments. They mentioned "which iphone" instead of just saying "iphone". Hooray! lol. We will get fair comparisons yet.. lol

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 11:43 1

40. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Hey it's PA's dumbest poster.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 12:11 3

46. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Looking in a mirror, Taco? ;)

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 13:51 1

58. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You're so blinded by hate that you can't even admit a fellow android supporter is wrong.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 14:03 3

63. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Even if he's wrong, it's hateful and disgusting to go calling him "phonearena's dumbest poster."

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 14:14 1

68. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You've insulted me many times on here. So it's only not ok if they support android? Hypocrite.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 18:25 2

92. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


No. Remixfa was doing nothing to offend anyone, his post was friendly and harmless, and I know for a fact that he isn't even close to the dumbest person on here.

You, however, spew as much bile as you can at everyone. You treat everyone who dislikes Apple like s**t, and then scream "persecution!" when it's done back to you. Now THAT'S hypocrisy.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 18:31 1

95. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


no I just give you fandroids a taste of your own medicine. You come to every Apple article to talk s**t and you get smacked back down with facts. Hard to deal with I know.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 19:02 2

113. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


"smacked down with facts"

You mean like the "fact" that Honeycomb is on 1 percent of Android tablets, instead of Android devices overall?

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Gingerbread-gains-Froyo-fades-in-the-latest-Android-breakdown_id20171

Or the "fact" that somehow iPods can be included when discussing smartphone market shares?

Or the "fact" that Android, while looking more like Windows and BREW phones in its GUI, is somehow a "half baked copy" of iOS just because it's on touchscreen dominant phones and has an app store?

Taco, you're delusional. And hostile. You're practically rabid. Calm the f**k down, son.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 19:48

123. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


If you weren't blinded by hatred you'd see all the things android copied. If it didn't copy anything how come HTC is in trouble for infringing on two patents? I may have been wrong on the honeycomb percent but that doesn't change the fact it's beta.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 20:44 2

132. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


HTC is in trouble because Apple would patent things as basic as using color displays and using electricity to power phones if it could. And considering that HTC is perfectly willing to pay Microsoft almost as much as Google makes off of Android for their patents, something tells me that even IF Apple tried to negotiate first, their demands were too high. Just like Apple's negotiations with Nokia over the royalties Nokia wanted out of Apple for violating THEIR patents.

I'm not saying Android is completely original, and considering how enthusiastic Apple is about patenting EVERYTHING THEY DO ON THEIR PHONES, even things they didn't invent, Android may actually infringe on a couple of patents. But you have to admit, if you're being objective, that you can clearly tell the difference between any Android phone and an iPhone if you give it more than a half a second glance. And that's IF you have a less than average IQ.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 20:45 1

133. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh, and thank you for admitting that you were wrong on the percentage amount. That was very sporting of you.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 19:12

117. Heatfan316 (unregistered)


IOS this IOS that. That's all you think about you are consumed by it. Right now you have an IOS butt plug shoved up your ass pumping icrap in to your brain that's why you come with these bulls**t posts that you say are facts but are really bulls**t,fabricated lies you find on these icrap websites you go on, listen we still don't believe you. Moron!

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 13:51 1

57. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


its not good to talk about yourself like that, do you need a hug!

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 13:52 1

59. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


What's wrong? You don't like facts?

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 14:12

66. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


apple can sell. ive never said anything bad about apple.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 18:02 3

85. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Taco, is your name Corky in real life? I just have to know.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 18:32

96. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Very creative my friend. You're come backs are about a 3rd grade level. Did you read up on how VZ Comm and VZW are the same company?

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 19:06 2

114. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Weeellll...not really. Verizon Wireless is actually a joint venture between Verizon Comm and Vodafone. The products are different, the customer service is different, policies are different. They are only connected at the absolute roots, hence why VZ Communications drags down Verizon Wireless every quarter and makes it look like it's doing much worse than it really is.

I mean, technically you're both right and wrong.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 01:13 4

2. Medalaster01 (unregistered)


iOS and android are growing pretty fast but android can never surpass iOS because iPhone is felt by the users as supremousy while the android is felt normally it's because their are lot or cheap android devices than costly and people always want premium and it is where iPhone stands.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 01:46 2

3. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


yea most ppl that have low end phones think android sucks but its their s**tty phone. Thats why its good that there is only one iphone because everything is more consistent. Android should require from 2012 that only phones that have dual core should be made with a 3.5 inch screen with 540x960 resolution and all phones should use ice cream after 2012

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 09:42 7

13. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Google doesn't care about quality. They're going for market share because that gives them a bigger audience to advertise to. Android is just another way to advertise for them.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 11:22 3

35. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Reminds me of APPLE....

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 11:35 2

37. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You're blinded by hate wouldn't expect you to understand.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 12:12 3

47. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The company that doesn't care about quality would just copy and paste its phone and MP3 player OS onto its tablets.

Oh wait.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 14:35 3

76. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


and it has the highest user satisfaction. Only 1% of tablets use androids half baked honeycomb.

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 18:03 2

87. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


well, if you market to idiots and make something idiot proof, of course the idiots will be happy.

ahhh. .its magical!!!! lolol

posted on 23 Jul 2011, 18:05 2

88. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no you moron.. like always u dont read. 1% of ANDROID is honeycomb.
Android is 30% of the tablet market. Most Android tablets sold at this point are Honeycomb.

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