Android, iOS wins are Symbian, BlackBerry's losses in Q1 2012

Android, iOS wins are Symbian, BlackBerry's losses in Q1 2012
The first quarter of 2012 was a turning point - Symbian sales dropped catastrophically and BlackBerry continued sliding on the downward spiral. On the flipside of things, Android and iOS capitalized on the losses of the two platforms and gained market share in Q1 2012, according to the latest report by IDC.

In the first three months of the year, 8 out of 10 smartphones sold shipped with either Android or iOS. With a combined market share of 82%, Android and iOS are definitely in a two-horse race with no third contender in sight.

"The popularity of Android and iOS stems from a combination of factors that the competition has struggled to keep up with. Neither Android nor iOS were the first to market with some of these features, but the way they made the smartphone experience intuitive and seamless has quickly earned a massive following," IDC analyst Ramos Llamas said.

When it comes to Windows Phone, the most outspoken contender for a third mobile platform, IDC expects only slow growth throughout the year, at least until more carriers adopt WP handsets.

If you’re following the big four rating agencies, you’d notice that IDC is giving a much higher estimate of Android sales than say Strategy Analytics. IDC estimates 89.9 million Androids sold while Strategy Analytics estimates show 81 million. With the Galaxy S III launch this quarter, we expect excellent growth for Google’s platform. What are your projections, though? Let us know how you think the mobile landscape will change in Q2 in the comments below.

source: IDC via BGR


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