If you're an Android owner with iPhone-toting friends, here's a little gem you can throw in their faces: Android's share of the smartphone market has now reached the 50% mark, or to put it another way, one out of every two smartphones sold today is powered by Google's all-conquering OS.
A report from Gartner puts Android as holding 50% of the smartphone market - that's despite Cupertino managed to ship a not-too-shabby 25m units itself. Worldwide smartphone sales were 472m last year. Android's share was up from 30% 12 months previously.
The crucial fourth quarter of last year saw Apple become the world's third largest mobile phone maker, with 7.4% of the market - a place it snatched away from LG. Fellow South Koreans and Samsung (!) managed to shift 34 million units (mainly thanks to its runaway success, the Galaxy S2 which is still selling by the bucketload). And that is, of course, just one manufacturer running the Google Android operating system
ZTE and Huawei also saw their positions grow whilst the likes of Motorola and Sony Ericsson saw theirs fall. Nokia sales were down more than 8%, despite the launch of the Lumia range. Though now Google and Motorola are now officially BFFs, we wonder if this will be the same 12 months from now.