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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