Research agency IDC has published the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report. As per the report Android software powers 3 out of 4 smartphones shipped worldwide. In the recently ended third quarter Google backed mobile operating system dominated the global mobile OS market.
Android smartphones shipments reached a number of 136 million. The value stood at 71 million for the same quarter last year. 91.5% improvement was witnessed in sales of Android based devices compared to third quarter in last year. Android’s market share has gone up from 57.5% to 75% in a year to year comparison. According to the report around 181.1 million smartphones were sold 3rd quarter of 2012.
IDC mobile phones Research Manager Ramon Llamas commented that Android OS has been one of the key drivers for the impressive smartphone growth especially in the developing world. He added that every year since its launch the OS from Google has effectively taken a significant market share from its competitors with Nokia’s Symbian being the worst hit. Android’s main rival iOS possesses only 14.9% of the market share.
As per the report 26.9 million iOS based devices were shipped in the 3rd quarter of 2012.The numbers stood at 17.1 million during the 3rd quarter of 2011.Blackberry OS has witnessed a reduction in overall sales. In the 3rd quarter of last year Blackberry enjoyed 9.5% of the market share. Now the OS covers only 4.3% share in the OS market.7.7 million Blackberry OS based devices were sold in 3rd quarter of 2012 whereas during the 3rd quarter of 2011, 11.8 million devices were sold.
Smartphones powered by Microsoft Windows software has gained growth in this quarter. In the 3rd quarter of 2011, 1.5 million Windows based devices were sold. In the 3rd quarter of this year the number has improved to 3.6 million showcasing a market share growth of 2%.