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Android market share rises to 75% – sells five times more than iPhone

Three quarters of all smartphones sold are Android phones, thanks to the success of devices like the Galaxy S3, ahead of iPhone and BlackBerry, according to the latest market share figures

Samsung Galaxy S III

Latest market share figures from IDC show that Android accounted for 75% of all the smartphones sold in the third quarter of the year. The figure represents a 17.5% increase from the same period last year, as well as a massive 91.5% increase in shipments, up to a record 136 million for the quarter.

iOS is lagging behind in second place, with a small increase to 14.9%, although the continued expansion of the smartphone market meant that the company still managed to increase its sales by more than 57%.

BlackBerry and Symbian continued their fall into the abyss, with 34% and 77% decline in sales respectively, while Windows Phone more than doubled its market share, but has a very long way to go with just 2% of the market.

 

Top Six Smartphone Mobile Operating Systems, Shipments, and Market Share, Q3 2012, via IDC

Operating System

3Q12 Shipment Volumes

3Q12 Market Share

3Q11 Shipment Volumes

3Q11 Market Share

Year Over Year Change

Android

136.0

75.0%

71.0

57.5%

91.5%

iOS

26.9

14.9%

17.1

13.8%

57.3%

BlackBerry

7.7

4.3%

11.8

9.5%

-34.7%

Symbian

4.1

2.3%

18.1

14.6%

-77.3%

Windows Phone 7/ Windows Mobile

3.6

2.0%

1.5

1.2%

140.0%

Linux

2.8

1.5%

4.1

3.3%

-31.7%

Others

0.0

0.0%

0.1

0.1%

-100.0%

Totals

181.1

100.0%

123.7

100.0%

46.4%

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