Android devices may be popular with those who sell mobile phones

21 December 2010 — 2:05 PM

HTC devices run on the Android system

People in Europe who are selling their mobile phones for money and switching to an alternative device may increasingly be choosing those that run on the Android operating system.

New figures by IDC show the platform is currently enjoying a boom in sales across the continent.

In a mobile market that grew by 7.5 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2010, Android shipments were up to 19 million – a rise of 109 per cent on the same period in 2009.

With the likes of HTC, Sony Ericsson and Samsung using the operating system, strong sales were recorded as the brand's models flew off the shelves.

"The operating system is very popular among consumers due to its intuitive user interface, increasing number of free applications and very competitive prices compared with other devices on the market," explains IDC's European mobile devices research manager Francisco Jeronimo.

Nick Hide, writing for CNET UK, this week revealed the HTC Wildfire range is to begin using Android 2.2.

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