People looking to use ink cartridges to print directly from a smartphone may need an app for the Android system, as this is now the most popular mobile platform in the UK.

According to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the Google-owned operating system (OS) now accounts for 49.9 per cent of the UK market, while Research in Motion's BlackBerry software (22.5 per cent) has overtaken Apple's iOS (18.5 per cent) for the number two spot.

The organisation's global consumer insight director Dominic Sunnebo stated that many Android owners may be looking to upgrade their device over the next six to 12 months as they come to the end of their contracts, which means smartphone makers using the platform will have to offer new features to attract people to their products.

"With so many Android handsets now available, manufacturers need to work harder than ever to make their proposition stand out to consumers," he said.

The popularity of the devices may also mean there will be a greater range of tools available to help people print documents from the devices, with several major printer makers, such as Canon and Kodak, already offering apps designed for the OS.