Android has nabbed second place in Europe as the most used operating system according to comScore, a company which performs research on the digital world. In the study released today, data from the comScore MobiLens service analysing growth trends of all smartphone platforms showed impressive year-to-year growth by Android. This study was done across the five leading European markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom).
In July 2011, nearly one in four smartphone users in the five major European countries (EU5) reported using smartphones running on the Android platform. In the study, HTC had the highest market share among mobile original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), accounting for 34.6 percent of Android devices used across the region in this period, followed closely by Samsung with 31.7 percent of Android devices. It would have been interesting to see what HTC and Samsung’s percentage was a year ago.
What you’ll notice from the pic above is the dramatic drop of Symbian’s dominance in Europe, as Android is beginning to snatch away its fleeing consumers. As you can see from the chart, Symbian’s presence dropped almost 20 percent, while Google’s Android went up about the same; so it’s safe to say we know what smartphone those customers are currently using.