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Android surging as Microsoft tries to reverse its mobile slide

New numbers from the Gartner research firm this morning show Google’s Android continuing to generate huge momentum for itself in the mobile market, and demonstrate how much competition Microsoft faces as it launches its mobile comeback bid.

Android surged to a 25.5 percent share of the worldwide smartphone market in the third quarter, from a mere 3.5 percent in the same quarter a year ago. That was well ahead of Apple’s iOS and, at 16.7 percent, and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry, at 14.8 percent. Symbian remains the leader, at 36.6 percent, but that was down from 44.6 percent in the same quarter a year ago…

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