Shipments of smartphones running the Windows Phone operating system grew 69 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2013, making it the fastest growing smartphone platform, according to the latest stats from Canalys.
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While Android widened its lead in the smartphone operating system market, third place Windows Phone gained market share on second place Apple iOS, according to second quarter stats from IDC.
Apple maintained its lead in global branded tablet shipments, which grew 117 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2013 and reached 40.6 million units, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics.
Strong Apple iPhone 5 sales since its launch in September have pushed the iOS platform past Google's Android in the U.S. smartphone market, according to the latest stats from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
As the flood of tablet announcements continue--this week they've been coming out of Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona, Spain--it's clear that Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android platform, in particular