Android has four times more market share than iPhone globally

Android has four times more market share than iPhone globally
Android and Apple might be running neck and neck in the United States, but looking at global phone distribution, smartphones running on Google’s platform are four times more widespread than iPhones. 

Together, the two platforms dominate the global market grabbing an 85% share of it, according to the latest research by IDC, focusing on the second quarter of 2012.

Here is how it all breaks down by unit sales and market share:

- Android - 104.8 million units, 68.1% market share (46.9% in the same period last year)

- iOS - 26.0 million units, 16.9% share (18.8% Q2 2011)

- BlackBerry - 7.4 million units, 4.8% share (11.5% Q2 ‘11)

- Symbian - 6.8 million units, 4.4% share (16.9% Q2 ‘11)

- Windows - 5.4 million units, 3.5% share (2.3% Q2 ‘11)

- Linux - 3.5 million units, 2.3% share (3.0% Q2 ‘11)

- Others - 0.1 million units, 0.1% share (0.5% a year earlier)

source: IDC via Huffington Post



1. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

That's right!!!!!!!!!! Don't mess with Android babayyyy!!!!!!! We take everybody down!!!!! We kill everyone on the way!!!!!!!!! Wana be Androids!!!!!!!!!!

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It just means there's a higher number of Android phones on the market. That is not necessarily a good thing like the article is leading you to believe. There's more to it.

28. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

No, it means that people are buying Androids more than iphones. Just because there's more choice and more made doesn't mean they're going to get bought

30. Aaron_R96 unregistered

Apple also arguably have a device at each price point in the market now.. in fact more so than Sony do (Android vendor - obviously) as of today at least.. Plus if Apple wanted to they could produce a phone to compete with high-end androids, but they tend to stick to mid-range these days..

32. JonGarrett

Posts: 34; Member since: Aug 06, 2011

Its just like when iPhone users like to brag about how much money apple makes. its not necessarily a good thing AND there's so much more to it.

35. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

If Apple strip down the IPhone to make a cheaper IPhone, than minus well make a flip phone. It wont be consider as a smart phone since they don't have that much option. Think about it, what would they they take out, and still consider as a smart phone or even be compatible with other Android phones?

36. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

(Just because) there's a higher number of (iPhone Preorders) That is not necessarily a good thing like the (other articles) are leading you to believe. There's more to it.


Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 12, 2011


22. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

depends what you want in a phone, nothing is the best.......if it was then there wouldnt be any need for improvement or other OS's

25. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

That's because it's 1 million android phones vs one iPhone. Every one makes droids. This had to be the result.

26. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Who is going to be the Android killer?

31. Aaron_R96 unregistered

Not Apple! Lmao!

2. jshan

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

Hm.... Nothing to say .. 1 device against over 100 ... Pretty impressive ..

6. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

That "1 vs 100" isn't really going to cut it anymore. Apple has products at all price points to match Android devices. People can get free iPhones on contract. You could have argued if the iPhone was only available in limited locations, but it's not.

17. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

On the same note... iPhone is available everywhere... but those "over 100" Android devices are Not... IE in my country you only get Samsungs, a couple HTC, a couple Motorola... and some Chinese devices... They all add up to around 20 devices... BUT you can get the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, iPad 1, 2, 3... And some carrier subsidize like in the US. So yeah, pretty impressive for Android to achieve that


Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

regardless of the company who makes the androids its still an android even if your country make their own devices, Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, Acer, Pantech, any phone that has an android operating system is an android so your country may just have they own version of android

24. jshan

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

Huh !! I will let you to make your feel ok with your comment .. If you say so it's a good achievement for android. Go ahead ... If I'm gonna tell you the names which android using oh this page isn't gonna enough... But iOS ?in my country here is only 4s... Even once 5 landed 4s wonts sale .. So you still talking bout 3G also. Even apple cut the 3GS also... Oh .. C the truth men. Y only apple giving phones on contract ? Y Samsung , Motorola , HTC ? What bout em ? Talk reality !!!!

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Market saturation is the answer.

37. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Excuses, excuses

39. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

its kinda the truth

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No it is the truth. There's no kinda about it.

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I only speak the truth.

5. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Honey, i shrunk the apple:-P

7. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

Then expect the cry baby ( Apple) soon suing Google to shut down this monster Android OS.

8. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

OMG that's just amazing!!! Thousands of phone models have 4 times more market share than one phone! Amazing... :D I'm not Apple fanboy. I use htc Desire. I'm realist.

9. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

its not just one phone, its like 3 versions of the same phone at different prices so you can claim theres a solo phone going against all others.

10. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Apple's one and only warrior taking on the Droid gang and it's still up there and causing some serious trouble to Google.

11. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

you live in a fantasy land? there are atleast 3 iphones that now cover certain price ranges so your point is invalid second with wp8 coming soon and that firefox OS , we'll have more choice. ofcourse from your comment you obviously dont care about choice, whatever apple feeds you you accept as fact


Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 12, 2011


13. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Buy Android whenever possible

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