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Analytics firm says that Android had a 68% share of the global market during Q2

Analytics firm says that Android had a 68% share of the global market during Q2
Androidmania, which really started with the launch of the Motorola DROID in late 2009, has become a global phenomenon and now has a hold on 68% of the global smartphone market according to figures from analytics firm Canalys. In some areas of the world, Google's open source OS has done even better. For example, in China Android has a whopping 81% share of the smartphone market.

The worldwide global smartphone market showed growth of 46.9% from the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012. 158.3 million units were shipped last quarter, up from the 107.7 million shipped in the second quarter of last year. Android outperformed the global smartphone industry by showing growth of 110% year-over-year to hit 107.2 million units shipped in the 2012 second period. As good as Android's performance was, Windows Phone actually showed the highest growth with a year-over-year gain of 277.3% The problem there is that Microsoft's mobile OS started from such a low number, it was easier for it to show those results. 

Android more than doubled shipments globally in Q2

Android more than doubled shipments globally in Q2

The worse performance came from Symbian which showed a year-over-year loss of 64.6% in shipments to just 6.4 million units. BlackBerry fared poorly as well, losing 32.1% of their 2011 second quarter numbers which resulted in just 8.5 million units shipped globally.  The top manufacturer worldwide remains Samsung with 31% of the global smartphone market followed by Apple, Nokia, HTC and RIM.

Canalys also broke down shipments into China and found that Android had an 81% share of the smartphone market in the country during the second quarter, up from 70% last year. China has been a hotbed for smartphone sales as shipments in Q2 rose 199% year-over-year and 32% sequentially. The country has 27% of the global smartphone industry compared to 16% in the States. The leading manufacturer in the country is Samsung with a 17% share. After the Korean manufacturer comes ZTE, Lenovo and Huawei with year-over-year growth figures of 171%, 2,665% and 252% respectively. Apple is fifth in China and despite a 101% gain in shipments from last year, shipments were down 37% from this year's first quarter. Nokia and Motorola had a poor quarter in the country with Nokia's shipments declining 47% from 2011.

source: Canalys via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 02 Aug 2012, 12:42 13

1. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Eat it, Apple!!! We have taken over!!!

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 12:57 14

3. kew01 (Posts: 15; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


Rather than saying "we taken over" and make this in to another flame war.

I'd say: Wow, people actually are smart enough to buy better products for its value/price, than media enhanced ones with "cool factors" that costs "premium" money; for far less.

It's a sign that the mediocre are waking up and smelling the fresh air that most of us enjoyed for some time now.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:41 6

10. JessJess (unregistered)


Oh puh-lease. That's even worse.... "waking up"... "smart enough"...

Yes because anyone that picks another phone other than the one you have is obviously an idiot mindless zombie.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 19:52

49. MISTER_H (banned) (Posts: 97; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


Are u a female, or a male?

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 11:38

58. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


He's both...lol

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:53 4

16. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


I think it's a matter of personal opinion then to say "Oh your stupid if you got this and not that.." Lol

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 15:10 4

31. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 186; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


"It's a sign that the mediocre are waking up and smelling the fresh air that most of us enjoyed for some time now."

Really? That sounds worse than what jmoita2 said. That high ground you thought you took made you look just as silly.

When it comes to these numbers, lets keep it realistic: Android is a platform comprised of dozens of phone models, whereas iPhone is only a few models. The fact that dozens of models using Android have a little over half of the market worldwise tells me that manufacturers that use Android need to do a better job. Quantity vs quality, quality always wins in the long run.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 20:45 1

51. kew01 (Posts: 15; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)


It seems you guys are really eager to jump to conclusions. I wasn't refering to a specific phone or your precious iPhone. But from your reaction of defending it, it seems you know something is wrong with the way it's sold and that you get less for more.

I was talking about the varaity of choices from low end to high end.

From my previous comment.
"It's a sign that the mediocre are waking up and smelling the fresh air that most of us enjoyed for some time now."

Most people hear on the news, friends about a phone and say "Oh geee, I must have that cause everyone say's it's good". For both Apple and Android.
Even among android there are hyped phones and ones that don't really worth the money.

I was actually going for "oh, people buying android devices means people are buying SMARTPHONES, instead of crapPhones from 10 years ago". It's good thing people starting to see the potential benefits of smartphones. It just happened that Android is the platform of choice for them. Nothing more, nothing less.
You might be surprised how many people use "feature phones", even among young people.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 15:12 5

32. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


You forgot the part about prepare to be assimilated. Resistance is futile.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 12:47 9

2. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


Too bad usa doesnt see it like that .....my sam nexus ans s3 kicks the ip4s or ip5 ass ....boring IOS ....ICS AND JELLY BEAN KICKS IOS6 ass ijs

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:03 8

4. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


I managed to make out the most of what you said, and after that, I completely agree!!

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 14:08 3

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


LOL, the same. :D

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:12 3

5. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


I predict iOS will always be number two which isn't a bad place to be. Hope Windows Phone can move past Windows Mobile and get the third spot is deserves.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:33 3

8. Commentator (Posts: 2494; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It's nice to see WP at a 277% growth rate. It's not quite Android's 600+% growth rate that it had in its second year, but even so...

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 15:17 3

33. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


iOS is and will be suffering from its 2007-era UI. Each quarter will see a little slower growth rate compared to Android and even WP. Apple will cling to its strategy of litigating its patent portfolio until it starts to lose more than they win (or, they get torpedoed by a really significant Android patent; in which case, it will be over for them). Only then, will they realize they have to innovate to grow.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:17 2

6. Aeires (unregistered)


Never thought I would see margins that high. Looking at the growth rates for Android, comments about Nokia not having a chance with Android makes no sense. A company like Nokia could do very well with Android, maybe it's not to late for them to realize that.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:25 3

7. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


another article about market share.. yes Android has a will have a bigger market share as the have more manufacturers, more accessibility, more devices released, is common sense people,

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:38 4

9. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Finally a world wide market share and not the usual only USA crap where they think USA means the whole world..all these market share States is that android and ios are not going away any time soon so whether your a apple fanboy or android fanboy, you can all be happy

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:46 4

12. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


And that is what the goalposts are now to iOS fans. Three years ago, it was that android would never have more market share than iOS.

But here's the point - if Android were the buggy, laggy, awful experience many iOS supporters claim, it wouldn't have grown this quickly, and wouldn't maintain its lead, even making it larger.

The simple fact is, Android has caught up to iOS in smoothness, and surpassed it in power and functionality years ago. It's no longer a situation where the negatives of one outweigh the positive. Both do what they're supposed to do and do it well. It's just comes down to personal preference.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:51 2

13. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


ted, I have a moto razr now on ics and the wife's iphone 4S - wow, my phone actually lags less than hers....and if we compare my phone to my kids ipodded 3GS - it is not even close....

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:52 1

15. xtian1103 (Posts: 361; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


did you recieve your android bug free, lag free and smoothness certification? i want that!

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:55 1

17. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


yeppers

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:56 1

18. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


huh, xtian, you do not read much, do you? Or, should I say 'comprehend much.'

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:57 2

19. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


strkercho/qinempire, is that another one of your profiles

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 14:03 1

21. xtian1103 (Posts: 361; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


idk why you are fuming but i replied on #12

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 14:49 1

26. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You should just stick to multi tasking, customization free certification. Android would likely be too much freedom for you, you wouldn't know what to do with it. But then, I've always supported Steve Jobs' right to make up your mind for you.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 14:16 2

23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4404; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


gallitoking you are 100% right. It's just too much for one company to go up against.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 14:52 2

29. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


hey SAE long time no read. lol.. thank you

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 15:04 2

30. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4404; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Man we are BOTH getting some love. I love Android & I get thumbed down, you love Apple & you get thumbed down.

I guess the WP cats are here strong. lol

I am doing well how are you? You in California yet? I will not be going to Cali next year :(, my Wife is going to have our 3rd child in March. :) lol

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 16:42 2

42. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


yes I am in Cali now.. the ironly was that I was banned from pA for a week and that was the week I moved.. great timing.. PA..

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 18:28 1

45. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


WP, the old Win Mo also has:

more manufacturers, more devices released. Cant really say about more accessibility for WP. Win Mo was everywhere tho. Was 1 or 2 in market share at one time.

Look at how that turned out.

When are ppl gonna start just giving Android credit for being a good product?

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:46 1

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Good news! :)

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 13:51 5

14. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


This article shows you why APPLE is worried and is in sue-crazy-happy mode.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 14:00 3

20. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Uh, no.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 14:49 2

27. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Excellent point, but he's right.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 14:39 3

24. hitmantb (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Android is winning with low end handsets in emerging markets (Huawei, ZTE, Lenovo Meizu etc will eventually squeeze Samsung out of China as the quality improves and price drops).

U.S. is among the few markets where Apple handsets are competitive in pricing vs Android, because carrier subsidizes the cost. Anywhere else, low/mid-end Androids are simply much much cheaper, that is where Android win the numbers game.

Samsung sold 50 million smart phones in Q2, 10 million S3, 5 million S2/Note, 35 million (70%) were non-flagship devices. The breakdown in China is even more stacked in favor of low end devices which are getting very competitive.

Apple needs to do something in China, iPhone 5 needs a premium design, they also need to continue to mass produce 4/4S and sell them as the new low/mid-end options.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 14:48

25. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Oh man common sense displayed in a comment? Are you trying to break the internet?!?!

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 14:50 1

28. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, those ten million Galaxy S3 presales were all low priced.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 16:13

36. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


No, but they accounted for

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 16:17

38. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Apparently the site can't handle certain characters, the rest of the sentence was 'less than 10 percent of Samsung sales.'

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 16:19 1

39. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, the S2 and Note were also big sellers. Not cheap, low end.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 19:17 1

47. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


sold to retailers not customers

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 21:32 1

52. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Keep telling yourself that if it helps you fall asleep at night. Samsung and Android market share and quarterly reports say otherwise.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 15:40 3

34. remixfa (Posts: 14135; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


What's interesting is that the market is exploding so much, that even though iOS saw a rise in sales by 6 million year over year, they still lost nearly 2% market share.

What's also neat is that WP7 is poised to take the #3 spot in probably only another quarter or 2 as Symbian and RIM continue their long slide into obscurity.

When do they become an "other" on most charts? Is it less than 5%?

All this time Apple is suing Samsung over rectangles, they are losing massive sales opportunities by not concentrating their huge piles of money on true innovation and pushing the envelope... which is EXACTLY how Samsung took the lead away from Apple.. not from copying as trolls like to chant.

Maybe they just dont care since they are still swimming in money.. who knows. ..

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 15:55 1

35. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5951; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"Maybe they just dont care since they are still swimming in money.."

I am getting a profound sense of deja vu when I think of the similarities between Apple and RIM. At one point, RIM was a dominant player in the market and they knew better than the consumer what the market needed. Then Apple came along and knocked them off their laurels. Now Apple knows better than the consumer what the market needs. The only difference is that there may be 2 companies knocking Apple off their laurels - Google (Android) and MS (WP). If MS knocks Apple off their laurels, it will be the second time around.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 19:22 1

48. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Samsung is copying Apple. It's a smart strategy living off Apple innovation, but the trial may come back to haunt them if they lose.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 21:33

53. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Actually, since we now know that Apple ripped off Sony, that would mean Samsung technically copied Sony, too.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 03:21 1

55. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I guess you want to ignore Apple had designs prior to Sony.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 03:39

56. remixfa (Posts: 14135; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


why not, since your ignoring all prior SOLD phones from samsung before Apple's "designs" came out. woopsie.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 16:15 3

37. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


The crazy fact, I actually predicted up to 360 million android phone activations this year, with up to 90 mill being 2nd quarter.

And it reached 108 MILLIONS in 2nd quarter..
This means at least 400 MILLION android phones activated this year!
Now imagine when India and Africa join the ship..
In two years there should be about 2 BILLION android phones in use - by far the greatest user base out of any OS yet!

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 16:30 1

40. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Its a great thing that android is at the 68% market share because the user base is huge and manufacturers are under pressure and motivated to have the best and most popular android handsets,as a result android handsets are progressing at a fast pace each year as each manufacturer looks to out do each other,just look at the strides htc have gone with the one x this year,samsung with the s3 and imminent note 2 and sony etc with the xperia s.

If Apple apple had the majority of 68% the market would be stagnent as its upgrades are incremental and would be under absolutely no pressure whats so ever to make changes. Even now with the imminent with a dissapointing ios 6 it looks like few changes this year,Apple has relied on its user base to buy literally everything it releases without question but its seems outside the US the people are awaking from their slumber and looking for change at last

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 16:37 1

41. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


I'd say the vast majority reason it's not as popular outside the US is solely due to its price.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 16:59 1

43. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


You'd say it, but you'd be wrong.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 18:54 1

46. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Really even though an iPhone is much more expensive than android counterparts?

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 21:35 2

54. tedkord (Posts: 5249; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Not more expensive than the biggest selling phone right now, the SGS3. Or the SGS2 and Note last year, which sold in the millions.

posted on 02 Aug 2012, 17:22 1

44. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


No just people waking up,I think less people in the worldwide scale of things are effected by apples brain controlling advertising. Other factors like a measly one year warranty from apple where every other manufacturer abides to the legal 2 year EU legal warranty makes the iphone a far less attractive prospect,those iphones have a tendacy to pack up fast after the year is up,the reason why paying sums of cash for a second year is so popular.

posted on 03 Aug 2012, 11:00

57. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Well, most of the world is still poor. It is normal for the stolen Handroid to have large persentage of users.

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