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Android, iOS wins are Symbian, BlackBerry's losses in Q1 2012

Android, iOS wins are Symbian, BlackBerry's losses in Q1 2012
The first quarter of 2012 was a turning point - Symbian sales dropped catastrophically and BlackBerry continued sliding on the downward spiral. On the flipside of things, Android and iOS capitalized on the losses of the two platforms and gained market share in Q1 2012, according to the latest report by IDC.

In the first three months of the year, 8 out of 10 smartphones sold shipped with either Android or iOS. With a combined market share of 82%, Android and iOS are definitely in a two-horse race with no third contender in sight.

"The popularity of Android and iOS stems from a combination of factors that the competition has struggled to keep up with. Neither Android nor iOS were the first to market with some of these features, but the way they made the smartphone experience intuitive and seamless has quickly earned a massive following," IDC analyst Ramos Llamas said.

When it comes to Windows Phone, the most outspoken contender for a third mobile platform, IDC expects only slow growth throughout the year, at least until more carriers adopt WP handsets.

If you’re following the big four rating agencies, you’d notice that IDC is giving a much higher estimate of Android sales than say Strategy Analytics. IDC estimates 89.9 million Androids sold while Strategy Analytics estimates show 81 million. With the Galaxy S III launch this quarter, we expect excellent growth for Google’s platform. What are your projections, though? Let us know how you think the mobile landscape will change in Q2 in the comments below.

source: IDC via BGR

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Android, iOS wins are Symbian, BlackBerry's losses in Q1 2012

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posted on 24 May 2012, 07:40 3

1. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Sweet news here. Cue the wars between fanboy factions. I'll join in when possible.

posted on 24 May 2012, 19:39

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


LOL!! When or wherever possible...

Every time I see charts like this...I wonder just how well is WP7 really doing....

posted on 24 May 2012, 07:40 3

2. shy2papa (Posts: 211; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


This is only the beginning of Android dominance :)

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:17 5

7. tedkord (Posts: 5250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Let's hope not. Let's hope Android, iOS and WP8 all settle in for about 1/3 of the pie. Anyone who dominates gets lazy, and we'll start seeing incremental updates like Windows for the last 20+ years.

We want competition. I want my smartphone in 2 years to have tech from 10 years from now.

posted on 24 May 2012, 19:41 1

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


I agree. And since those 3 are the only ones I would even consider using, I hope what you say holds true.

I had hopes for Meego....that seems to be a fading memory. That recent Nokia phone that had it was looking real nice. IMO Nokia shoulda focused on that too..or Android too.

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:18

8. tedkord (Posts: 5250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Sorry. Must've hit post twice.

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:20 2

10. Victor.H (Posts: 461; Member since: 27 May 2011)


By Linux they're referring to platforms like MeeGo.

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:27

13. tedkord (Posts: 5250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Gotcha. Thanks, +1 for you.

posted on 24 May 2012, 07:43 2

3. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1038; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


well what do you except to do when ELOP says F**k you symbian users here is an update we'll stop supporting you now

posted on 24 May 2012, 07:52

4. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 412; Member since: 04 May 2012)


What belongs on "other" ?

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:00

5. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1038; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


little OSes for example linux based oses meego and meoma

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:21

11. Victor.H (Posts: 461; Member since: 27 May 2011)


"Other" should include platforms like bada.

posted on 24 May 2012, 10:50

20. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1038; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


sorry bada too :)

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:12 8

6. tedkord (Posts: 5250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I'll save Taco some time and wear on his CTRL+C and CTRL+P keys.

"These are Android units shipped, not sold. They're sitting on shelves."

"Half of them will be returned once buyer see how laggy and buggy Android is - the PA One X review said so!"

"Samsung copies! It's obvious if you take a picture of a Galaxy S, crunch it down to the size and aspect ratio of an iPhone, then compare the app drawer to iOS homescreen while squinting through a pinhole from 30 yards away."

"Apple still makes more money than Samsung. It's not number of people who choose a platform that decides it's popularity, it's how much profit they make."

"Well, Android has like a hundred phones, so of course they sell more. But that doesn't mean people want choices."

"Android gives their phones away, unlike the 3GS."

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:23 1

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Lol! Don't forget the fifty buck iPhone 4. It's no coincidence that the month I sell the most iPhones also happens to be the month of the fifty buck iPhone.

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:31 3

14. tedkord (Posts: 5250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


And good for them. It's a smart business move on Apple's part.

Anyone buying that $50 iPhone 4 or free 3GS should be thankful for Android. Without the competition Android is throwing at Apple, they wouldn't exist.

posted on 24 May 2012, 19:44 1

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


Aww...now I nothing to debate with him about... :(

posted on 24 May 2012, 20:23 2

42. remixfa (Posts: 14145; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no.. he left you the ability to debate his
"your all just angry fandroids"
"even though i clearly lost my bet with remix, im going to continue to say that I won in hopes that someone believes me"
"clearly, android is only popular because its a carbon copy of iOS"
"apple doesnt copy android"
"iOS never crashes"

and his other gems. :)

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:20 1

9. tedkord (Posts: 5250; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


What phone uses Linux? I wasn't aware any were in the market.

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:57 1

15. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Android is technically Linux. Well, a neutered and gift wrapped version of Linux.

posted on 24 May 2012, 14:24

22. rdeleonp (Posts: 43; Member since: 21 Jan 2012)


"Linux" is just the kernel.

The Dalvik VM + Userspace stuff is that actually makes the Android platform what it is.

Hell, they could have based the whole thing on top of MACH/BSD/WHATEVER and it would have been pretty much the same result.

posted on 24 May 2012, 10:51

21. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1038; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


meego upcoming tizen there is still a few in there

posted on 24 May 2012, 08:58 1

16. allen83 (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Wow Meego Harmattan was ahead of Windows haha! By the way during the 1st quarter Meego Harmattan is the representative of Linux. Great Potential of the OS if only Nokia supported The N9 then the 3 legged horse will be Android, IOS and Meego Harmattan. Great performance still born OS Meego Harmattan!

posted on 24 May 2012, 09:34

17. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Dam Android is growing fast but can that growth crush Apple and there new iphone soon to come, maybe if apple doesn't come out with something game changing to there phone... I can see Android being the more popular handset and Samsung leading the way.

posted on 24 May 2012, 20:02

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


See....it doesnt need to crush Apple, the iPhone or anyone else. Just be there as another choice for ppl. Thats all.

I agree with what someone posted earlier....there is enough pie for at least 3 mobile OS's to dominate. Its alwasy been that way since I can remember with smartphones: Palm, RIM, Win Mo. Now its Android, iOS and .....[insert whatever mobile OS you think is next here].

posted on 24 May 2012, 09:51 2

18. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


i want google to dominate in smatphone industry and not microsoft or apple.i dont wan microsoft everywhere,bored of using microsoft on desktop for so many yrs.i want new feel,

posted on 24 May 2012, 09:51 2

19. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


IOS wont grows as much as Android period. SGS 3 will leap ahead so much.

posted on 24 May 2012, 16:17 1

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


Nice growth by Apple. Almost 1 out of every 4 smartphones shipped worldwide is an iPhone.

iPhone 5 on its way shoud increase market share for Apple even more. I'm enjoying androids losses in lawsuits to Apple and Microsoft. That should tighten up some of the garbage they're putting out.

posted on 24 May 2012, 16:21 4

24. remixfa (Posts: 14145; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yet Android shipped nearly TRIPLE what iOS shipped.

And the SGS3's presales are higher than the i4s's first weekend total world wide sales with presales.. by double.

awwww. pitty party for taco.

posted on 24 May 2012, 16:47 1

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


SHIPPED is the key world. Most are sitting in warehouses waiting for clearance fire sales.

posted on 24 May 2012, 17:16 2

31. matrix_neo (Posts: 321; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Will you please read the comment of tedkord, he already mentioned that. He knows you will comment like that so he wrote it first. It's your classic comment again tacosheep. So how about iphone 3gs, its free right?! It's still counted I'm sure.

posted on 24 May 2012, 20:25 1

43. remixfa (Posts: 14145; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and of course, apple's arent shipped, just androids.. lol.

there are not millions and millions of phones that are shipped just waiting to be sold at a store. stores dont keep huge amounts of inventory for a device unless its launch weekend or its a proven long term seller. So even if 15% of all phones shipped havent been sold, that still puts android at MORE THAN double what iOS shipped.

posted on 24 May 2012, 16:31 2

25. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


If its "garbage" you should want it to be released because then it would fail. So that actually means it's not garbage and you're scared. While Apple market share is going up so is Android even more so.

posted on 24 May 2012, 20:05 1

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


Exactly, expecially your 1st sentence.

And..if it was truly garbage...no one would use it. Why do ppl think so many ppl jumped ship from the old Win Mo to Android?

Android grew at the expense of the old Win Mo. Now we have to wait n see if WP7 is enough to bring them back, and gain new users.

iOS is iOS.....its not going anywhere anytime soon...lol.

posted on 24 May 2012, 16:42 1

26. matrix_neo (Posts: 321; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


It's not iphone 5 it's a new iphone like a new ipad. Apple said before they don't want to be predictable, right tacosheep?! Lol.

Even android lost in lawsuit, still millions of it are being shipped worldwide. It's means many people are eager to buy android phones.

At least microsoft licensed its patents unlike apple, suing here and there. If one day apple consumers realized how bad apple is, that will be the time it's market share will sunk like titanic.

posted on 24 May 2012, 16:48 1

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


Apple consumers like Apple for what it is. They're more educated then android users actually.

posted on 24 May 2012, 17:09 1

30. matrix_neo (Posts: 321; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


OMG tacosheep, what a classic defense of apple. Apple consumers more educated than android users??!! I beg to disagree, consumers now are more educated that's why they choose android than apple. Why?? They knew only android can give the best of what a phone has. Everything you want from a phone, android has a lot to offer. It is a real smartphone. Now how about your iphone?! App launcher??!!

posted on 24 May 2012, 17:29 1

33. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


I would challenge that. If the percentage is higher for Apple, then its not by much. Based on what I see in my store, I see a balance of educated and uneducated people buying both.

As for reasons for buying them, I hear "because this person or that person has one" far more for iPhone than for Android. Android users tend to have reasons for their purchase beyond Apple's created perception that its the "must have" item.

Cant lie, Apple probably has the best marketing team in the f'n world lol.

posted on 24 May 2012, 17:56 1

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


Whatever you need to do to rationalize Apple's success. Real studies have shown over and over Apple users are better educated while android's target demographic is 18-24

posted on 24 May 2012, 20:08 1

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


Wait a min...so you mean ppl between the age of 18- 24 are less educated than older people?

WOW.....age has nothing to do with how educated you may or may not be. I know ppl in their 40's and 50's that make the absolute dumbest decisions. And ppl waaaay younger that have a better head on their shoulders.

Sometimes, you make somewhat sense with the trolling....other times...like this time....you sound .....crazy.

posted on 24 May 2012, 20:26 2

44. remixfa (Posts: 14145; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


prove it

posted on 24 May 2012, 16:49 1

29. matrix_neo (Posts: 321; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Praising always apple, cursing always android?! Maybe one day it's another way... im waiting for that day.

Android will never stop it's dominance, apple will be an epic fail.

posted on 24 May 2012, 17:25 3

32. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Android's market share increased by over 20%, while Apple's market share increased just shy of 5%.

Maybe it's just me, but I would call that a beatdown......

posted on 24 May 2012, 20:13 1

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


But but but...Android sucks.....

Most everything else says otherwise. The fact that Android's growth is coming at the expense of at least TWO other mobile OS's should tell haters something.....

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