Android and iOS made up 92% of smartphones shipped in fourth quarter

Android and iOS made up 92% of smartphones shipped in fourth quarter
Strategy Analytics went through the data it received and found that in the fourth quarter of last year, Android and iOS powered handsets combined to account for 92.1% of global smartphone shipments. But presenting the data that way seems to hide the true strength of Android. Alone, Google's open source OS was responsible for a tad more than 7 out of every 10 smartphones shipped from October through December.

Even though Apple's year-over-year shipments grew 29% for the three month period, its market share dropped from 24% in 2011 to 22% in Q4 2012. Android shipments almost doubled from 80.6 million units shipped in 2011 to 152.1 million during the fourth quarter last year. In that same time period, the green robot's market share went from 50% to 70.1%. For all of 2012, about half a billion Android phones shipped compared with 135.8 million Apple iPhones. Assuming that the two platforms continue to have a strong duopoly in 2013, it leaves very little market share for Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 and others, to fight over.


source: AppleInsider

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35 Comments

1. CorianU

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Symbiam is going to overtake the market

2. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

are you kidding me??

4. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

He's on drugs. An intervention is needed.

30. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! R U ON MEDICATION?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!?!!!!!?!!!!?!!

5. flower99

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

sarcasm?

9. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Not sure if serious or..

12. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

omg ppl, it's a joke...

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

in 2005

26. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

He is being a mxy.

28. elirev4

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

Good one :D...

3. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Go ANDROID... CONQUER THE WORLD!!

6. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Android for President! :D

7. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

ANDROID FOR LIFE!!

8. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'm having Android's baby!

10. IU_Lover

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Read the last line by scott, he seems to be leaning to one platform lol

11. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

With Apple as one of the top two marketshare holders at only 22%, it appears other platforms have extreme work to do or face death. World wide adoption of choice platforms has just about peaked and is almost complete. It was my long hope that WebOS would've prevailed as at least a viable second or third choice if not most adopted. We.can thank Palm and HP for killing off the best mobile platform ever culminated. John B.

13. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

LMMFAO. Best platform, ever? Then why is it gone? Why haven't other companies adopted it and kept it alive? Best platform = Android, and the numbers prove it. Hell, there are numerous products out there that are Android-based and we don't even know it. It's like Java :-)

22. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

In my 27 years involvement with the wireless industry, I found WebOS was simply the most unified, smoothest platform developed for mobile use. A creation by John Rubenstein who had his hands in on the Apple software design proved that a well developed OS based on Linux, could remain open source, and also remain very intuitive to use. Unsurpassed notification system and multi-tasking which til now is still unmatched. It's implementation of "Synergy" was a milestone in cloud transfer. What killed WebOS was how it lacked extensive marketing. It was poorly executed by its conjoining partners and the hardware instituted was horrid. Thus leading to a very small percentage of App developement and loss of interest by consumers. This, however, did not eliminate the award winning, all around design of the OS itself. If HP had developed a well designed hardware design and creative marketing, I have no doubt that WebOS would've succeeded as a strong viable choice. I dare you to try a WebOS device and then come back and debate my opinion. John B.

24. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I did. I used a TouchPad for a short period, and it didn't win me over. Then I tried an Acer Iconia A100 and fell in love with Honeycomb. I've played with all of the OS's. I have not been able to find one thing I cannot do on an Android. The interaction and functionality are superb. If I couldn't have Android, I would def use WebOS. The iOS and WP8 operating systems suck.

25. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

HP killed all initiative to update WebOS. It purchased the Palm portfolio for Patents and discarded WebOS as an illegitimate child before launching the TouchPad. It didn't do WebOS any favors for future growth. Hence why Android has become the popular kid in school. I, too love Android. It has simply become the far most universal OS(I use the term loosely) platform in the world for most anyone looking to indulge in mobile computation and leisure enjoyment. Endless apps coupled with unsurpassed handset choices, makes it the modern day champ. John B.

14. davidtb

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Android is easy to unlock and root, and legal on many phones. iOS can be Jailbroken too (only because iphone fanboys THINK their phone is versatile) Win8 is pointless to unlock/root and Symbian is too annoying to do anything but run their limited apps on.

15. LoaoaBoaoaoa

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

There's no reason to UNLOCK Win8. Win8 is a FAILED PRODUCT, microsoft will release Win9 next year. There's also no point in UNLOCKING symbian now. Go to gs.statcounter, and see that Symbian have fall from 40%+ to almost non-exist. Even in China that used to have 80% symbian, now only have less than 1%.

17. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Windows 8 is an x86 OS, meant for desktops and laptops. Were you thinking of WP8? It's the fastest growing mobile OS on the planet, and was released just before Q4 results, which is why the market share ratios don't show any impact. Wait for Q4, in 2013, and the results will be dramatically different ;o)

18. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Hmm.. anyone notice this was posted by "THE APPLE INSIDER" just saying.. that and no real charts or numbers... to actually see how others are doing against Apple. How convenient.

19. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I just saw an article the other day that claimed Nokia the 3rd or 2nd. I knew that wasnt right at all.

20. papss unregistered

Cripton Nokia is the third largest phone manufacture. These are smartphone percents.. Comprehension my good man

21. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

152 million droids in the quarter!! Holly smoke! That's ten million more than my upper estimate.. and some 15 times more than WP did. Good luck catching up, Microsoft..

29. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

''152 million droids in the quarter'' so doesnt that make you lot the new ''sheep'' seeing as when the iphone was ;eading you threw this term at them for following the crowd so same applys to you right? you will prob dispute this

31. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Haters will hate.

32. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

And again you have no freaking idea what you talk about. We are she!ps for choosing from by second to none the most versatile, rich, adaptable platform? There is a Droid to suit the needs and budget of most people out there and that makes Android what it is. And again, you are a complete, and laughably blind hypocrite. Tell me, what are 90 percent of pc users, by your logic? Are you among them?

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