Android still rules the world but Samsung faces a challenge in China

Gigaom

Android continued its overall global sales dominance in the final quarter of 2013 says a report on Monday from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. The research firm noted rising Android(s goog) sales in a dozen markets but the growing numbers weren’t from all of the players you’d expect: Samsung lost share in Europe while its sales in China were essentially unchanged from the prior quarter.

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Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech summed up the figures to illustrate the overall market as well as Apple’s(s aapl) figures:

“Android finished 2013 strongly, showing year-on-year share growth across 12 major global markets including Europe, USA, Latin America, China and Japan. Apple has lost share in most countries compared with this time last year, but importantly it has held strong shares in key markets including 43.9% in USA, 29.9% in Great Britain and 19.0% in China.”

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