Android has been noted as the overwhelmingly dominant operating system throughout the world in recent times and the latest figures compiled by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech confirm this.

The OS's share in the big five European countries including Spain and Germany has grown from 38.8 per cent in May 2011 to 60 per cent in May 2012.

It also easily retained its number one position in the UK in the latest 12 weeks of sales with a 52.5 per cent share, which is an increase of 48.3 per cent a year ago.

Global consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Dominic Sunnebo said the last few months has seen a surge in sales of Android-based handsets, particularly in Spain and Germany.

"In Spain, recessionary pressures are clearly hitting consumers' wallets – demonstrated by the budget Samsung Galaxy Mini topping the country’s sales charts," he said, before adding that smartphone penetration is the lowest throughout the major European economies.

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