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The smartphone industry is growing really, really fast.

But it's also a mess.

Really?

On Tuesday, research firm IDC busted out its third-quarter industry numbers, reporting that the smartphone industry grew by an impressive 39.9%. Year-over-year, Android units were up 51.3%.

Google's dominant Android operating system crossed past 80% market share for the first time ever, while Apple's 26% gain in unit sales resulted in a drop to 12.9% from 14.4% a year ago.

Microsoft's underdog Windows Phone grew by 156% year-over-year, bringing its market share to 3.6%, up from 2.0% last year, but slightly down from 3.7% in the second quarter.

Full story at Minyanville.

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