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Android now makes up more than half of all smartphones sold in Western markets

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Android now makes up more than half of all smartphones sold in Western markets
After years of huge growth, Android has finally reached levels of popularity that can’t be matched by other platforms and not just in one country, but pretty much all across the world - now, over 50% of smartphones sold in the US, Europe and Australia run on Google’s operating system, according to estimates by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

In European countries, Android recorded sales ranging from 49.6% of all smartphones in Italy to the whopping 84.1% of sales in Spain, Kantar’s 12-week data showed.

In Australia we see a similar picture of Android taking over and growing from 36.4% to 56.9%, while Apple’s iPhone share dropped by 6.4 percentage points to 30.5%.

The United States were the only Western market where Android’s share declined, taking heat from the iPhone. In the US, Android however still had 50.2% of the market, down from 57%, while the iPhone grew to 37.4%.

While the big two, Android and iOS, grew, smaller platforms got further pushed out of the view.

source: Kantar via TechCrunch

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posted on 12 Jul 2012, 07:34 24

1. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 352; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


android market share declined in US due to rubbish apple lawsuits.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 07:34 16

2. script_writer (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


WHHHOOOO!!!! GO ANDROID!!!!

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 07:49 8

3. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Now that they are finally releasing THE SAME PHONE (GSIII) on all carriers at roughly the same time things will really start to speed up.

I'm excited to finally see case selection become something more like the iPhone since this is kind of the first time we've seen such a unified launch.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 08:16 3

8. script_writer (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


acturlly its not quite the same phone. all american variants of the s3 have 2GB of RAM. we only have 1GB of RAM in europe

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 08:26 3

9. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Well I was referring mainly to the physical shape of the phone which is all that needs to be the same for them to make more cases for it.

But that is unfortunate you guys got less RAM.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 08:39 2

11. script_writer (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jun 2012)


the koreans will be getting a quad core version

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 07:54 2

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


Looks like only US people the smart one...
The rest of the world are brainwashed...

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 07:58 1

5. wendygarett (unregistered)


Or maybe those debt countries can't afford to buy iPhone

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 08:58 5

13. PEC_SPK (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


I really don't understand this argument. The iphone is the same price as most high end Android phones. Also, learn to speak proper English before making comments on who is "the smart one".

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 10:06 1

15. jed27 (Posts: 65; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


is your statement a form of sarcasm?

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 10:35 5

16. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Are you angry iFan while Android is dominating :D?

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 10:46

17. wendygarett (unregistered)


Meh... Wendy just trolling :D

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 15:02 3

19. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 305; Member since: 03 May 2012)


ummm....wendy looks good :)

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 08:10 13

7. chemhaz (Posts: 159; Member since: 04 May 2012)


No No No, silly woman, the rest of the world has the "free will" to buy the best Android phones, unlike in the US where a certain company dictates what you can and cannot buy via the courts.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 08:44 7

12. Mitchel (Posts: 228; Member since: 25 May 2012)


iPhone 5 will be released in the couple of months, maybe it will outshine the Galaxy S3 in terms of hardware design, camera & build quality, but the software features & OS? It's yet to be seen.. Galaxy S3 & HTC One X with Jelly bean is sure gonna kick some nuts.. So please hurry up Sammy & HTC! Unleash the Dragon before the release of new iPhone!!!

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 09:18 2

14. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


I just received a warning from Phonearena, yet the warning gives absolutely no reasoning. Seriously? This is the internet and when you give warnings you might want to state your reasons other wise you are just throwing words into the wind. I'll be awaiting a much more exploratory message next time I am moderated or given a warning, I mean even the police give you a reason for a summons or a ticket. You guys should have an selection bar for infractions that you just click and add it to the warning email that way it makes some sort of sense to the person reading. I hope that this was polite enough.

This article seems to point out that everywhere else where phones aren't being tied down by lawsuits people are free to vote with their wallets and it shows. Spain is one lopsided android fueled monster, nothing wrong with the iPhone it's a nice piece of kit, lovely screen too. I like that it works and that it's idiot proof but I can't deal with not being able to do things which I like. I enjoy customization for some odd reason. The GS3 being out is going to make extreme waves, it's pretty awesome but it has some annoying flaws that volume rocker is too sensitive, extends too far from the body of the phone as well and well it seems as if that security patch slowed down the S Voice by a huge margin.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 11:26

18. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 423; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


This was a victor h. apple raw raw article in disguise.. He only posted this article to get this in there! "Android however still had 50.2% of the market, down from 57%, while the iPhone grew to 37.4%. "

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