android dominates The latest data released by the market researching company  Canalys reveals that Android dominates the world, as it holds a big chunk of the global OS market share for smart devices for the first quarter of 2013. Android is way ahead Apple on the global market, when it comes to smartphones, notebooks and tablets . The sales figures for Android running devices for the first quarter reached 308.7 million units and that represents a 37.4% increase from the same period of 2012. The numbers were released on Thursday and according to a Canalys report, Android holds the edge, running on  59% of all the devices sold in Q1. The second place is held by Apple with a 19.3% market share and followed closely by Microsoft with 18.1 %. Microsoft managed to do quite well in Q1, mostly due to the impressive success of Windows 7 and Windows 8 running notebooks. Tablets continue to sell in impressive numbers, the year by year increase is over 106%, with 41.9 million units sold, making them the fastest growing market in the IT world , according to Canalys. android dominates Almost half of them were Apple, as the iPad still rules the tablet market share with 46.4% in sales. But Android comes from behind full throttle and it is increasing its market share for the third quarter in a row. The smartphones are doing also pretty good when it comes to sales figures, yet not as good as tablets. Nonetheless, shipments rose almost 50% in Q1 2013, Android based smartphones dominating  with 75.6% of the market share. Apple sold 37.4 million iPhones in the same period, representing about 17% market share. Analyzing the smartphones sales figures on a year per year basis, Apple had  the worst one since the first iPhone was released, back in 2007, with only 6.7 % growth. The global notebook market was shrinking in the first quarter of 2013, with only 50.1 million devices sold, this represents a 13.1 percent decrease from the same period of 2012. Source: NASDAQ

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