Data shows Android accounting for record high 86.2% of smartphones sold during Q2

Data shows Android accounting for record high 86.2% of smartphones sold during Q2
According to the latest data from Statista, Android handsets made up 86.2% of smartphones sold globally during the first half of the year. The previous high water mark, 84.7%, was set in the third quarter of 2015. Sales of iPhone units (12.9%) are in a recent downtrend, but the platform is firmly lodged in second place with Windows Phone and BlackBerry sliding into oblivion.

Interestingly, for the second quarter of 2009 it was Symbian that led the way with a 51% share of global sales. BlackBerry was next with 19%, followed by iOS with 13%. 9% of global smartphone sales in that quarter belonged to Windows Mobile and Android brought up the rear at 2% Basically, Apple has held a steady share of sales since, while all other platforms saw its users leave for Android. By the first quarter of 2011, Android sales topped those of Symbian and Google's open source OS never looked back again.

During the second quarter of this year, 296.91 million Android phones were shipped globally compared with 44.4 million iPhone models. 1.97 million Windows Phone units were delivered, and 400,000 BlackBerry handsets were in transit. Compare that to the second quarter of 2009 when 20.88 million Symbian phones were shipped. BlackBerry had 7.78 million handsets delivered during those three months. 5.33 million iPhones were in transit followed by 3.83 million Windows Mobile units. Only 760,000 Android handsets were shipped during Q2 of 2009.

It's all fascinating stuff, and for those of us who were writing about the industry during this time period, it was obvious that a change was coming. We often refer to the launch of the Motorola DROID in November 2009 as being the catalyst for Android's amazing rise. It was the first phone with Android 2.0. Consider that the quarter before the DROID was released, 760,000 Android phones were shipped. By the the first quarter of 2010, 5.23 million Android handsets were delivered. And with the Nexus One released that quarter, shipments soared to 10.65 million during Q2 of 2010.


source: Statista (1), (2)

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128 Comments

1. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

When there are 100 different models available that run Android, then news like this sounds much like "This just in: water found to be wet while the sky remains an odd shade of blue".

9. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

3 short years ago it was almost 50% iOS... that's important. Thisbis Mac vs. PC for phones and it's working out the same way.

87. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

97. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, dude, your comment "3 short years ago it was almost 50% iOS" was proven wrong by this very article, you simply had to look at the charts provided. iOS and Android had about an even market share in early 2010, and even then, there were several other competitors on the market fighting for relevance so even then, Apple wasn't anywhere near 50% market share. And the only reason why iOS isn't number one right now is because Apple was incredibly shortsighted and signed a contract with AT&T making the iPhone exclusive to that carrier until early 2011 allowing the rest of the world to accept the alternative mobile OS, Android.

98. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

To this day, I still think that decision was stupid on Apple's part. Why would they be so short sided is beyond my comprehension. Well that decision.....and the iPhone 5C (decent phone..... not 600 USD decent though).

99. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

No joke, it's the difference between 13% and 86% market share. Yes, Apple is doing well for the share they currently have, but it's a drop in the bucket compared to what they could have had if they hadn't denied the rest of the world the opportunity to buy their product. Instead, they left the door wide open for competition to fill the void. Which in the end, it's a good thing that things went the way they did, at least for a consumer standpoint. Who goes to an ice cream shop looking only for vanilla? Options are always welcome!

110. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

I believe they went exclusive with At&t because no other carrier thought the iPhone would sell. Verizon flat out denied to even carry the iPhone while T-Mobile and Sprint needed to be convinced it would sell. It was more carrier shortsighted-ness than Apple stupidity.

112. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hmm..... that's very interesting and all but this would be the first time I've heard that story, do you have a source that I could reference? I simply find it hard to believe that other carriers were hesitant to jump on board after the initial reaction consumers had when it was officially announced... or was it already an exclusive at that point?

115. meanestgenius

Posts: 22396; Member since: May 28, 2014

Verizon also didn't jump on board with the original iPhone at launch because it wasn't 4G capable.

116. meanestgenius

Posts: 22396; Member since: May 28, 2014

However, I believe it was a number of reasons why the original iPhone wasn't sold on Verizon, with the blame falling on both Apple and Verizon.

113. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Idint thibk that is correct. Apple made the ohone exclusive to ATT because theyvare GSM, and would have the most sales. I think at the time VZW was happy with its Droid lineup. VzW's customers is what kept telling them to get it. VzW also probably wasn't haply thry coildnt put their carrier crap cheap on it.

118. lyndon420

Posts: 6865; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

There's a few reasons why iOS isn't number one, but I don't think the exclusivity to AT&T that ended 5 years ago is the main reason. If Android and iOS were released at the same time and priced identically, I'm confident in assuming Android would have still dominated the market due to hardware features, OEM options and the ability to customize your experience...most people prefer to stand out from one other and convey their own unique tastes.

123. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I don't know about that man....Android used to be pretty iffy most of the time. Froyo LITERALLY crashed my entire phone once. If it was 2009 again, I'd still pick an iPhone. It is was it is I guess.

16. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

That was pretty awesome. Thanks.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're welcome bro.

26. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Then explain this: How can mirrors be real when our eyes aren't?

40. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You explain it.

65. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

Afaik our eyes can only see RGB actually; thus even our interpretation of certains color might be different from others while mirror reflects actual object.

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Butthurt! Why get mad. I was happy when Nokia was in top. When RIM was on top. When Microsoft was on top and even when Apple was on top. The fighting gave me the devices i wanted for whatnot was willing ro pay. Why get mad? It's stupid. You cant win all the time. You have to be willing to lose. After all.no matter How much money Apple makes, they still lose. Apple wont share iOS, becaise unless they lutbrestrictions on the OEM's, Apple wouldn't sell a phone. After all, if you coild get an S7 Edge as is running iOS, wouldnt you take it kver thr lresent iPhone? So wbu not get it with an eve. Etter OS. I do agree with many Java ruins Android. But as low as Java is comoated to Objective C, it's doing better buy being more flexible. Every OEM can't make an OS. We all k ow if a platform can HAVE more than one OEM using it, that is likely thr one that will take the lead.

51. pankajxdx unregistered

Well your comment doesn't matter, because you are stupid. They just showed how a company entered a new area and dominated it with 86% market share. And all you can think of is "yeah so there are so many android handset around, so obviously it'll sell more, duh!" Care to think why there are so many android handsets around? It could have been Symbian or BB or Windows mobile, but it's not.

53. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

'Care to think why there are so many android handsets around?' Because it's easier (*cheaper) to simply take a handout on the part of Google than to actually do any REAL work coding an OS. Hell, Google didn't even do that much to Android before shipping it to the masses. They just bought it.....threw a ribbon on a turd (it's a lot better now than it used to be.....trust me) and called it an operating system. That right there is the only reason that Android has such a huge amount of vendors. Remember kids, if you can't make something..... take a handout. It's totally fine apparently.....

68. tedkord

Posts: 17454; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You just went full retard. Never go full retard.

75. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Pray tell, what part of my assessment wasn't accurate? Elaborate..... because nothing I said was false by any stretch of the imagination. Google (who licenses Android for free) gave it to OEMs with the intention if creating mini-ecosystems while maintaing a much larger one. OEMs, took the opportunity to combat Apple with similar offerings, but different software features to compensate for lackluster performance. It is a symbiotic relationship for the most part. The only OEM with the gumption to create it's own OS is Samsung, and Tizen isn't doing too hot these days. The rest are nothing more than forks, offering different UI components while maintaining Google's portfolio.

92. tedkord

Posts: 17454; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Mainly the part about Google not doing much to Android before shipping it, "putting a ribbon on a turd." Full retard. They did as much as Apple, when they bought OSx from Next. I realize the market share numbers really hurt you, but you sounds like a Trump supporter screaming about ridged polls and stolen elections. Full retard.

94. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

They hurt me so much.......yeah no. They LITERALLY developed a source kernel for the platform and shipped it. Before Android 4.0, there were several SEVERE issues with Android..... including security bypasses and constant crashing of the entire UI.

101. tedkord

Posts: 17454; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Incorrect, but keep trying. It was sell over a year after acquiring Android before it shipped. And, since acquiring it, it has advanced a hell if a lot faster than iOS. Yep, I called it, it bothers you. Exactly like a Trump supporter, your side is losing, and you need to rationalize it, often by making up facts.

102. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Yeah iOS is losing.....except those margins. Ya know, those things that keep doors open and jobs for people? Totally losing (as if there's a winner here to begin with......). "It was sell over a year after acquiring Android before it shipped." You know I was exaggerating about that right? The point was they did a halfass job to begin with. "And, since acquiring it, it has advanced a hell if a lot faster than iOS." Yeah yeah.....advanced. So advanced in fact, 90% of it's phones don't even run the latest version of the OS.......it's apps APPARENTLY don't need optimization....... Malware is feature......and you get all your apps after iOS. So advanced........./s "Yep, I called it, it bothers you. Exactly like a Trump supporter, your side is losing, and you need to rationalize it, often by making up facts." Now you've dipped into the realm of fallacy and false equivalence. Hate to tell you this, but Android is far from "winning" anything other than getting people to buy plug phones.

103. tedkord

Posts: 17454; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Boy, you really take this personally. Yes, in features and advancement, iOS is losing to Android. Why does that hurt you? It's proven by the fact that for the last 5 years, most features iOS has picked up have been on Android first. Sorry it hurts you, but facts are facts.

104. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It doesn't hurt me at all. I use both platforms remember. But let's not get carried away with "winning" a game where you're losing money. Not a smart bet........ever. Features are fantastic..... when implemented properly. However, that isn't all people look for in a phone.

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