Android Reaches New Record Level
Android Reaches New Record Level
Written by Janet Swift   
Friday, 02 November 2012

The Android OS was on three out of every four smartphones shipped in the third quarter of 2012. Its 91.5% year-over-year growth was nearly double the overall market growth rate.

According to figures from International Data Corporation (IDC), 136.0 million Android smartphone were shipped worldwide in the period July to September 2012, accounting for 75.0% of the total of 181.1 million smartphone shipments.

The breakdown of smartphone shipments compared with the same period in 2011 are shown in this chart and table: phoneq312

idcfigsmall

(click in table to enlarge)


Apart from Android, the only other operating systems to show year-on-year growth were iOS and Windows Phone 7 which went from a paltry 1.2% share of the market in 3Q2011 to a dismal 2.0% in 3Q2012. With only 3.6 million units shipped it was out-shipped by Symbian, even though Symbian suffered the largest year-on-year decrease (-77.3%) of any operating system.

Commenting on the figures, Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, said:

"The share decline of smartphone operating systems not named iOS since Android's introduction isn't a coincidence. The smartphone operating system isn't an isolated product, it's a crucial part of a larger technology ecosystem. Google has a thriving, multi-faceted product portfolio. Many of its competitors, with weaker tie-ins to the mobile OS, do not. This factor and others have led to loss of share for competitors with few exceptions."


android75

 

So while iOS may still hold sway in the tablet sector, as far as the much bigger smartphone market is concerned Android is the platform that dominates.

 

More Information

IDC

Related Articles

Tablet Market Slows Giving Android an Advantage

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

 

To be informed about new articles on I Programmer, install the I Programmer Toolbar, subscribe to the RSS feed, follow us on, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Linkedin,  or sign up for our weekly newsletter.

 

Banner


MatchStick Firefox OS Streaming Device To Refund Backers
04/08/2015

The MatchStick HDMI stick was a really successful KickStarter with lots of enthusiastic backers. Now, after a short delay, the project is to refund all of the pledged money and all because DRM is too  [ ... ]



Now You Can Buy The Raspberry Pi HAT That Went Into Space
26/08/2015

OK it hasn't actually got to space just yet but it is on its way. When the Sense HAT was announced everyone seemed envious that this multifunction add-on board was available to space men but not to us [ ... ]


More News

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 November 2012 )
 
 

   
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2015 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.