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nokia’s fall and android’s rise picking up many of those new customers, alongside Apple’s iPhone. Nokia had been tipped to ditch Symbian for Android, but instead plumped for Microsoft’s Windows 7 – but will it pay off, delay the inevitable decline, or even speed up the classic handset maker’s fall?

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Google’s handsets have been dubbed iPhone-killers, but it’s Nokia and its Symbian operating system that has suffered most. Android’s share of the smartphone market has leapt from zero to a market-leading 36% in three years. Overall smartphone sales have doubled during this period, with Google’s OS

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Phone’s market share by 2012, as predicted by IDC.

Chart: Global smartphone sales from Gartner Stats:; Apple; Google; Bernstein Research; IDC

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Nokia's fall and Android's rise  

Google's handsets have been dubbed iPhone-killers, but it's Nokia and its Symbian operating system that has suffered the most...