A brief history of smartphones

How the smartphone went from a high-end enterprise device to an everyday consumer staple

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Android's rise is fairly remarkable for an operating system that only just launched in the fall of 2007. The open-source operating system's success is even more impressive when you consider that when it debuted it was already facing a crowded field of OS heavyweights such as the iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian. But now Google's open-source mobile operating system has become a major player in the smartphone industry. It was used on more than 7% of all U.S. smartphones at the end of 2009, more than double its market share from the previous quarter.

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