Consumers may access the internet using their mobile phones more than they do with a computer by 2013, according to Gartner.

The organisation predicts that within three years, four-in-five of these devices will be smartphones – gadgets which offer features similar to a PC.

It also expects Windows Phone 8 software, which will be launched at a Microsoft event on October 29th, to become the third most-popular operating system, behind market leaders iOS and Android.

The latest Kantar World Panel data shows that the Google software has 62.5 per cent market share in Great Britain, compared to 21.3 per cent for the Apple offering.

Android is available on many different manufacturer's handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, LG Optimus 4X HD and Sony Xperia S.

However, iOS firmware only powers Apple mobile phones, like the latest iPhone 5 device.

Windows is used to dominating the computer market, but it will have difficulty knocking these mobile phone operating systems from the top two spots.

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