The number of mobile phones utilising the Apple iOS operating system has climbed by 5.3 per cent in the past year – the most substantial growth of any on the market.

The American firm's total share in Great Britain is now 36.1 per cent, meaning it retains its silver position on the chart.

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech figures show that Android remains in the top spot, and growth over the past 12 months means that it now controls over half (51.5 per cent) of the market.

BlackBerry creators Research in Motion (RIM) popularity has plummeted in the same period by 10.4 per cent as it loses customers to the two dominant forces.

The company hopes that the release of its new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system and a full touch-screen device will help to increase its customer base.

Perhaps thanks to release of its latest Windows Phone 8 operating system, Microsoft firmware is now installed on 5.1 per cent rather than just 1.7 per cent of handsets.

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