Android remains the world’s most popular operating system in Q3, iPhone 5 gives it heat in the States

Android remains the world’s most popular operating system in Q3, iPhone 5 gives it heat in the States
Android has grown its share almost all over the globe and remains the world’s most popular operating system, according to the latest report by UK-based analysts from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

The Kantar report focuses on the state of the mobile market in the United States, the UK and Europe as a whole in the third quarter of 2012.

So what are the numbers? Android leads in the United States, but with less. Its commanding 66.4% share has shrunken down to 57.5%, cannibalized by the growth of the iPhone which now has a 35.7% share. Interestingly, RIM has now become less popular than Windows Phone, but both have a very marginal sub-3% representation in the States.

Jumping outside the States, Android is confidently the market leader growing share. In Great Britain, Android controls 58.2% of the market, followed by the iPhone with 28%.

In Europe, Android jumped to an even more impressive 67.1% while the iPhone is a distant second with 16.5%.

Interestingly, Kantar thinks that for the week or so of availability, the iPhone 5 has swung the stakes in favor of Apple:

“We can see that in markets with a large number of existing Apple customers, sales have already seen a significant boost. We expect this momentum to be fully realized in the next set of results,“ Kantar analyst Dominic Sunnebo said.

source: Kantar

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39 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Good job everyone...competition is good.

2. wendygarett unregistered

I love Apple for no reasons :)

6. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Thats the Oxfords dictionary defintion of iSheep

18. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

lol that one was good. but he does it intentionally to taunt people

29. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Sounds like most religious people...

9. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Just like a dog's tail starts wagging when offered anything wihtout even KNOWING what it actually is ($h!t).

38. brandnew234

Posts: 18; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

At least you admit it.

3. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Top dog in the US, yet market share down in the Stages? Fix the title.

4. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

That is why US citizens are like puppets = eat everything from completely immoral company like Apple who 1) caused higher prices of eBooks in the whole world 2) patented stupid thing just to obstruct competition 3) deal with Microsoft and Adobe for higher prices in Australia 4) many fines in the world for unfair behaviour This is Apple, just complete immoral company supported by ??? US citizens.....you deserve that ;-P

15. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

The average american consumer isn't very smart. (s)he's just following the trend, without knowing exactly what (s)he wants. If (s)he sees justin beaver using 10 iphones at once, poof! you'll see the average american with 10 iphones at his/her ear.

17. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

You guys need to use the word, "Some or Most", because believe it or not, the people in the USA who loves technology and free and fair market, do not own nor will buy anything from a company ( no matter which country it comes from) who's behave this badly like Apple and/or Microsoft. Might as well say." ALL the Finns loves S-Elop".

37. metalpoet unregistered

I am an American and I hate everything about Apple Inc and their products and their fans!

5. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Android This is why im hot......Apple This is why you not

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok MIMS LOL

7. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

US Texan Born and Raised Most US citizens are are dumb We still use in's and ft's for crying out loud I'm glad at least its not all, we all cant be winners

10. ilia1986 unregistered

Android. The world's most advanced operating system. Also, most used. Open source. iOS should be relegated to kiosk stands.

11. ryq24

Posts: 874; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

android is an open system. their most expensive phone is still way cheaper than the iphone. and you could buy a cheap android phone for just a few bucks. so their being number is not a surprise. what will be surprising if they are not.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And yet, 3 years ago iFans insisted that Android would never overtake iOS in market share. The constantly moving goalposts...

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

thats is nothing Apple haters have been waiting for Apple to fall 2012 and still going strong

24. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Actually, we're waiting for Apple to stop acting like a petulant, arrogant child, and to start competing in the market and not the court room. Then, we will have no problem with Apple. But, regardless, this had nothing to do with constantly moving goalposts. But nice try at changing the subject.

31. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

To have success you have to evolve and change goalpost like you say, Great companies have done it, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Nike etc, why not Apple?

36. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm not talking about Apple. I'm talking about Apple cultists, who move the goalposts every time Android kicks one through it. "Android is vaporware, it will never come." Boom.. "Android will never have more market share than iOS." Boom. "It's all about Apps. Android will never have all the apps like iOS." Boom. "No Android OEM will sell more than Apple." Samsung'd. "No, it's tablets. Android will never have market share in tablets." Coming 2014.

26. Aeires unregistered

If it's any consolation, their stock has been falling quite regularly. /joke

12. Aeires unregistered

Chinese market is one to keep an eye on. No stats from India?

14. digitalw

Posts: 79; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

Stats from India are not interesting and should not be public... Nokia wins there :)))

32. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

India is barely 3% for Apple. Major players are Samsung, Nokia and RIM controlling 65%+ of market.

13. mak007

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

andriod is king but really feeling bad to see the minimal percentage sharing of so great symbian platform.... nokia wake up do something unbelieveable because we all know windows 8 are not going to change anything next quarter also you will be having big giant billon dollar loss..

16. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

This article is presented for you pikapowerize!!! Bb doesnt even exist anymore !

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I rather be cool than popular

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'd rather be right than cool or popular.

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