Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android mobile operating system has closed the gap on market leader Nokia's Symbian, just two years after its launch.
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"There are over 300,000 Android phones activated each day," Andrew Rubin, the head of Google's Android business, said on Thursday in a tweet.
Android, which is offered free to cellphone vendors, still trailed Symbian globally in the September quarter by a wide margin, but it was ahead of Apple's iPhone system and that used by Research In Motion on its Blackberry devices.
Symbian sold roughly 325,000 smartphones a day in the same period, according to research firm Canalys, which said sales volume would likely rise in the fourth quarter.
"Nokia could continue to grow volumes now it has a new portfolio. It will be close either way," said Tim Shepherd, analyst at Canalys. The growing popularity of Android-operated phones comes as handsets look set to overtake computers as the most used products for browsing the Web.