8 out of 10 smartphones shipped last year run Android

Android-powered devices accounted for a staggering 80% of smartphone sales in 2014, Google has revealed. The figure is impressive considering Apple shifted over 74.5 million iPhones during the final three months of last year.

It's clear that Google is dominating market share across the globe, with premium phones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and more budget-conscious devices like the Moto G all running Android.

Google senior vice president, Sundar Pichai, said: "Android is working at scale. Last year, eight out of ten phones that were shipped were based on Android. The breadth and depth of what we see on Android is stunning."

The company has also unveiled details about its next generation operating system - codenamed 'M", which is rumoured to be called Milkshake. The successor to Android Lollipop is set to focus on bringing the Google ecosystem closer together rather than headline features and functionality.

Google vice president of engineering, David Burke, added: "L [Lollipop] was a major release for us in which we tackled many form factors. With Android M we have really gone back to basics."

"This year we have made a conscious decision to focus on quality, end-to-end. The central theme of M is improving the core user experience of Android. Our focus is on product excellence."

Among the major additions will be mobile payment platform Android Pay, support for fingerprint sensors, and the introduction of USB-C ports as standard for future M-powered smartphones. The operating system will arrive some time later this year.

Source: Trusted Reviews

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