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Popularity of Android gadgets could boost mobile phone recycling
(22/02/2011 14:10:08)

The booming popularity of Android-powered smartphones could lead to more people looking to sell or recycle mobile phones.

According to statistics released today (February 22nd 2010) by uSwitch, more than half of the most sought after phones on the market possess an Android operating system.

This rise in notoriety has also been helped by the large number of free phones available on relatively cheap tariffs, the company suggested.

However, the increased demand for the Google-owned gadgets has spelt bad news for Apple's iPhone, which has seen its popularity decline.

Figures for February 2011 showed that the 16GB version of the iPhone 4 is only the sixth most revered handset, falling from third in the list in January 2011.

The polls were compiled based on searches on and also took live sales into account.

February has proven to be a very satisfying month for HTC, which has seen three of its smartphones, the Desire, Desire HD and Wildfire, storm to the top of the rankings.

Technology expert at uSwitch Ernest Doku believes HTC's success could be short-lived though, as Apple prepares to launch plans for a new handset in 2011.

"With just a couple of months until Apple is expected to give details of its next offering, it's almost a dead cert that they will soon lead the way again in the race for smartphone dominance," he remarked.

Despite this prediction, Mr Doku hailed clever marketing ploys by HTC and also praised the effectiveness of the Android operating system.

"Google's Android operating platform really cuts the mustard in terms of the thousands of applications available, especially on the gaming side," he added.

Demand for smartphones continues to spiral and research firm Gartner has predicted the clamour for the latest technology will intensify in 2012.

It suggested that developments involving location-based applications and social networking functions could lead to more people looking to sell old mobile phones in an attempt to secure the most up to date handsets.

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