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Windows smartphone up 42.9%

Symbian was the only major operating system to lose share over the last year in a smartphone market that grew 28 percent, says a Canalys study. Other findings include big gains for Apple and RIM, and a 42.9 percent increase in sales of Windows Mobile smartphones.

Total smartphone shipments hit a new high of 39.9 million units in the third quarter, reports Canalys, leading to smartphones taking a roughly 13 percent share of the total mobile phone market, up from 11 percent in 2Q 2008. Although Japanese sales were off by 18 percent compared to 3Q 2007, the U.S. market almost doubled, and EMEA sales grew at 21 percent, with the biggest jumps occurring in Central and Eastern Europe, says the research firm.

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