Android phone shipments reach 100 million a quarter in Q2, platform dominates the market along with iOS

Android phone shipments reach 100 million a quarter in Q2, platform dominates the market along with iOS
In the second quarter of 2012, for the first time Android smartphone shipments grew to more than 100 million units, and Google’s platform took a commanding 68.1% market share. Apple’s iPhone running on iOS also grew on the year and accounted for 16.9% of shipped smartphones. Together Android and iOS are continuing to boost their lead and dominated the market with a share of 86%.

"Android continues to fire on all cylinders," IDC’s senior research analyst Ramon Llamas concluded mentioning both the low-end models on offer and the flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S III.

While the two leading platforms only grew their lead, this was partly due to BlackBerry and Symbian losing positions. Windows Phone on the other hand is slowly crawling forward, but still at a tempo that didn’t grant it the coveted third place. At least it finally outgrew Samsung’s bada (look at the Linux category) operating system. WP’s rise to the third place is probably going to happen sooner or later, but right now Microsoft’s platform ranked only fifth in Q2 2012.

"The mobile OS market is now unquestionably a two-horse race due to the dominance of Android and iOS," Kevin Restivo, a senior research analyst at IDC noted. "With much of the world's mobile phone user base still operating feature phones, the smartphone OS market share battle is far from over. There is still room for some mobile OS competitors to gain share, although such efforts will become increasingly difficult as smartphone penetration increases."

source: IDC

Chart: Worldwide Smartphone OS Market Share, 2Q 2012Description: Tags: Author: IDCcharts powered by iCharts



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

As a netizen, I hate that I get ridiculed for being a fan of both Android and IOS....Like seriously do I have to choose between the two? It is not fair! Don't put so much responsiblity on a kid. lol


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

If this story is about Android activations, why iNject crApOS into the story. I have an iPhone 4S but iOnly use it as a music player with DJ Pro by Algorridm (that's all it's really good for) and you don't see me iNjecting it iNto everything.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Hahaha. True. That was funny Papinyc.....

12. maxme2050

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 08, 2012


3. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Congrats,google. But I really want to see a tripoly of android,ios and wp8 together.

4. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

dont forget bb10 i hope the succeed

5. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Second quarter of 2014 will definitely be four horse race.the horses will be Android,IOS,Windows Phone and Blackberry OS.

7. Follower

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

What about MeeGo & Tizon?

6. Follower

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

It really hard to gain market share for WP & BB wish them success

9. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

lol. typical fanboys. How about the fact that WP7 actually grew faster than android.

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Why? because percentage gained is bigger because their market share was really small? Let's not beat around the bush here. That's exactly how Apple twists numbers around during their product/event announcements

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I'd rather get an increase of 106% on a 10,000 dollar salary and not a 115% of a 400 dollar salary, plus you know how much money is MS putting into its OS?

13. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i thinks its a fair shair... android has a lot of manufacturer (samsung,sony,motorola,lg,huawei,zte, and cheap chinese phone) apple has the one and only iPhone.. symbian dont buzz people now... but thanks to 808 pureview it move someone! blackberry's share is small because of its ecosystem.. they are so dependent on BBM.. they forgot to let their app world grow!! and bb devices cost too much.. you can get an android phone alternate to a blackberry device!! and i think lowering the pricetag is the only solution on blackberry device.. specially that they got new OS coming called BB10 and those who will get a new bb7 device wont be upgraded to bb10.. so its kinda sucide buying a device that wont be supported.. Windows phone is on good start.. but still so small...and its phones also are expensive even with the lumia 610 only around $200 still expensive for some people.. they could buy sub $150 android phones with apps bluetooth file transfer and expandable memory card that wp7 dont offer... bada.. does people really care about bada.. samsung's image is all about android now... if they want to push bada (and i heard that they will merge bada in tizen) i think they are in wrong marketing...

14. kingstandup

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I wonder if BB10 will help RIM get back to where it once was...many moons ago lol.

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