A Chinese technology research firm has stated that Google's Android operating system (OS) was the top smart mobile phone platform in the country last year.

Analysys International suggested that the OS had grown its market share by around 35 per cent in the world's largest market for mobile phones.

At the end of 2011, Android had 68.4 per cent of the smartphone OS market based on the number of devices sold, which is an increase from 33.6 per cent at the end of the first quarter last year.

The report showed that Android's new-found prominence came at the expense of Nokia, whose share more than halved to 18.7 per cent, while Apple posted a modest growth to have a share of 5.7 per cent.

Apple's figures should come as no surprise, as Gartner analyst Sandy Shen recently claimed the firm won't be able to make much headway in the Chinese market as it has been slow to develop in the country.

The rise of Android has come as smartphones have become cheaper in China due to the sales initiatives of local mobile phone makers ZTE Corp and Huawei, Reuters reports.

Posted by Peter Robinson

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