Android continued its global domination in the fourth quarter. Google's open source OS accounted for 80.7% of global smartphone sales during the three month period. World-wide sales of Android powered devices rose 16.6% year-over-year during the final quarter of the year.
Last quarter, among the top five smartphone manufacturers, only Samsung and Huawei had higher year-over-year growth. Gartner's data revealed that from October through December, Huawei sold 104.09 million intelligent handsets to raise its market share in the quarter from 5.5% to 7.3%, year-over-year. That put it in third place behind Apple. While Apple reported a small increase in year-over-year iPhone sales for the calendar fourth quarter, Gartner says that Apple's iPhone sales actually dropped 4.4% during the three month period. That is the first quarter in the history of the product to have produced a year-over-year decline in sales.
Gartner says that Apple racked up sales of 225.9 million iPhones for all of 2015, raising its global market share to 15.9% from 15.4%. On top for 2015 was Samsung. The manufacturer sold 320.22 million smartphones for the entire year. Still, Samsung's market share declined in the period. The manufacturer owned 22.5% of the global smartphone market at the end of 2015's fourth quarter, falling from 2014's 24.7%.