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Droid is No. 2 in Android traffic: Admob

Motorola Inc.'s Droid handled the second-largest share of traffic among mobile phones equipped with Google Inc.'s Android operating system two weeks after the handset's introduction, according to market researcher Admob Inc.

Droid, introduced on Nov. 6 to compete against Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry, had 24 percent of all requests from Android phones as of Nov. 18, according to estimates by the San Mateo, California-based research firm.

That's second to HTC Corp.'s Dream phone that handled 36 percent of Android traffic, according to Admob, which compiles the data from requests for ads on its network of mobile Web sites and iPhone and Android applications.

Motorola introduced the Droid to meet demand for smart phones that allow users to browse the Internet, send e-mails and download software, the fastest-growing part of the mobile-phone industry.

The Schaumburg, Illinois-based company's shipments of handsets tumbled 43 percent last quarter, according to estimates by research firm Gartner Inc.

The Android operating system represented 11 percent of worldwide mobile Web traffic on smart phones, Admob, which is being acquired by Google, said. The iPhone operating system accounted for 50 percent of traffic, while the Symbian platform on Nokia Oyj handsets had 25 percent share.

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