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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57 Comments

1. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

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

3. kew01

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

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.

49. MISTER_H

Posts: 97; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

Are u a female, or a male?

58. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

He's both...lol

16. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

31. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

51. kew01

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 28, 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.

32. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

2. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 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

4. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

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

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

LOL, the same. :D

5. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 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.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 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...

33. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

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.

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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,

9. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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

12. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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....

15. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

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

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

yeppers

18. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

strkercho/qinempire, is that another one of your profiles

21. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

idk why you are fuming but i replied on #12

26. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

23. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

29. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

30. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

42. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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..

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