Android edged past the 80% mark for the first time in mobile operating system market share on a global basis as Apple's iOS declined even though iPhone shipments in the third quarter grew by 26% from a year ago, according to the IDC research firm. Shipments of phones with Android software soared by 51%, providing it with an 81% share compared with 12.9% for iOS. Windows Phone nearly doubled its share to 3.6%, while BlackBerry plummeted to a 1.7% share. IDC cited the global popularity of cheaper Android phones as well as the large-screen "phablets" for the platform's growth.
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