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Android share of mobile and tablet market grows to half

Samsung Galaxy Note II Android phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Android phone.

Almost half of all mobile devices in France, Spain and the UK are now Android-based, according to a study conducted across the three countries by Orange. 

Android’s share of the tablet market has also increased, led by Samsung, whose UK market share grew from 6% in 2012 to 19% in 2013. Samsung now accounts for almost a third of the tablet market in France, up from 13% in 2012.

The survey also found that people are increasingly using apps to access the internet rather than the browser on their device, with the gap between the two access methods now standing at only 1% in France.

The study also found that 4G phone users in France are 25% more likely to use functionality including downloading video and using geolocation services than 3G users, while 30% of 4G users in the UK regularly use their mobiles to download video games, compared with 17% of 3G users.