IDC: 3 out of 4 smartphones shipped with Android in Q3
Apple’s iOS came in a distant second last quarter, accounting for 14.9% of smartphones on the strength of 26.9 million units shipped. Presumably Apple’s numbers will improve substantially in Q4 of this year. The same can’t be said for BlackBerry and Symbian, which saw continued losses in market share this year. RIM’s international market share dropped precipitously to just 4.3%, and will almost certainly fall further in Q4, since RIM has pegged early 2013 as the launch date for their new BB10 devices. Symbian devices fell even further to 2.3% of smartphones shipped in Q3, and IDC notes that all major Symbian OEMs are transitioning away from the mobile OS and expects Symbian shipments to end sometime next year.
With a new iPhone, a slew of new WP8 devices, and the launch of BB10 early next year it will be interesting to see how these numbers change in the new few quarters. But for the last quarter at least it’s clear that Android handsets won the day.
source: IDC via Android Central
1. an4564 (Posts: 39; Member since: 17 Jul 2012)
nice to see blackberry still hanging in there at 3rd
5. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
LOL 3rd, I forgot there was more than 3 or 4 OS
MS 150% Improvement = 2% LOL ( i'm sorry, too funny)
2. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
my question would be... wich version of Android are the phone shipped? JB is not one of them..
4. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Doesn't matter as long as it is Android. SJ kept ranting about fragmentation but market didn't care about the rants ... so listen to the pulse of market as customer is KING :)
6. Sniggly (Posts: 7113; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Actually, JB would be on the international Nexus, some S3 models, and the Note 2. Also, ICS is on the vast majority of the new devices being shipped. Keep an eye out for the version share numbers for October.
7. xray174 (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
and android 2.2 has more feautures then ios6 just sad
9. xtremesv (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Most of those phones were shipped with gingerbread or ice cream sandwich perhaps 60/40 respectively. The important milestone here is that Android has become the Windows of smartphones.
13. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
And ur correcting him cuz he likes being corrected or u care so much bout correcting others mistakes or what exactly?
24. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I did it to distract tards like yourself.
11. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Which means consumers prefer even older versions of Android to iOS by more than 3 to 1.
18. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
if customer prefer the older version why the fuzz about upgrades or the return rate being less than 50%.. We agree that most consumers don't know what they want. they only go back if the product is good.. you do the math
22. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Because ppl caring about upgrades could be lumped in with ppl that know about rooting and custom ROMs.
If most are like my kids mother....she has a Nexus S...and blocked ICS as long as she could. She said she liked GB better. She is very non techy. She might dont even know how to check for updates.
If most are like her.....the latest OS version wont even matter.
25. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
What "fuzz" are you talking about? The only people who complain about upgrades are folks like you who need to find some way of muting Android's dominance. And, once again, you have zero knowledge about Android (or any other phone) return rates. What's more, you already know that the return rates aren't anywhere near that level, because if they were, Android would fold, and no one would sell them.
Three out of every four smartphones sold in the last quarter were Android. That's an amazing stat. Why does it make you so insecure?
26. tedkord (Posts: 4933; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Just a little correction to my last post. I checked the source link, and people aren't choosing Android over iOS by 3 to 1. They're choosing it by 5 to 1.
And, I did the math, Gallito. Since Android not only keeps retaining it lead, but building on it, I'd day that people are returning to what works well.
12. wendygarett (unregistered)
Most of the pc user still using Windows xp instead of win 7...
I don't see any problem with that tho :)
14. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Who cares - I have had it on my three devices for quite some time now....
15. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
BTW, your pic insults the great show of ROBOT CHICKEN.
21. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
And as you can see from the article....it....doent....even......matter....
3. Captain_Doug (Posts: 758; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
That is a mind boggling number. 75%. Wow.
8. papss (unregistered)
Pretty impressive to say the least.
16. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
It will change for Q4, but Android still has lots of great phones to offer.
17. Danre (Posts: 85; Member since: 02 Sep 2012)
let me add something more in this news
and this 75% is expected to grow in future because of Nexus .
No wonder if android touches 85% in next quarter.
23. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
So android shipments soared 30 percents in one quarter.
Here's an amazing figure - even if we'd take away Samsung completely from the picture, android would still have a huge lead in market share