The vast majority of smartphones shipped in the second quarter of 2012 were powered by either Google's Android operating system (OS) or Apple's iOS.

According to new research from IDC, BlackBerry and Symbian have both lost ground to their rivals – despite being early pioneers in the smartphone market.

In fact, both saw their market shares fall below five per cent.

Unsurprisingly, Android has the largest market share, at 68.1 per cent.

Interestingly, Samsung is the top-selling smartphone brand in Europe, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, and since its handsets use Android, this could partly explain why the OS is so popular.

Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Phone Technology and Trends programme, said: "Android continues to fire on all cylinders."

Meanwhile, IDC's Kevin Restivo, a senior research analyst who authored the firm's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report, said the mobile OS market is now a two-horse race as Apple and Google cement their dominance.

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