IDC: 3 out of 4 smartphones shipped with Android in Q3

IDC: 3 out of 4 smartphones shipped with Android in Q3
With strong summer releases from Android OEMs and Apple only shipping the iPhone 5 at the end of Q3, the result was by far Android’s strongest showing yet according to IDC. The “market intelligence” company that supplies us with one of the frequently used measures of smartphone market share says that 136 million Android handsets were shipped last quarter, accounting for a whopping 75% of all smartphones.

Apple’s iOS came in a distant second last quarter, accounting for 14.9% of smartphones on the strength of 26.9 million units shipped. Presumably Apple’s numbers will improve substantially in Q4 of this year. The same can’t be said for BlackBerry and Symbian, which saw continued losses in market share this year. RIM’s international market share dropped precipitously to just 4.3%, and will almost certainly fall further in Q4, since RIM has pegged early 2013 as the launch date for their new BB10 devices. Symbian devices fell even further to 2.3% of smartphones shipped in Q3, and IDC notes that all major Symbian OEMs are transitioning away from the mobile OS and expects Symbian shipments to end sometime next year.

Windows Phone 7 is still being lumped in with Windows Mobile, and the numbers aren’t exactly great, at 2% (it’s sort of sad to see it still trail Symbian for phones shipped last quarter), but it isn’t all bad news; Windows market share expanded from 1.3% the previous year, and the vast majority of those sales have to be Windows Phone units. So while they are starting well behind the proverbial eight ball, Microsoft’s nascent mobile market share is at least moving in the right direction.

With a new iPhone, a slew of new WP8 devices, and the launch of BB10 early next year it will be interesting to see how these numbers change in the new few quarters. But for the last quarter at least it’s clear that Android handsets won the day.


source: IDC via Android Central

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26 Comments

1. an4564

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 17, 2012

nice to see blackberry still hanging in there at 3rd

5. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

LOL 3rd, I forgot there was more than 3 or 4 OS MS 150% Improvement = 2% LOL ( i'm sorry, too funny)

2. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

my question would be... wich version of Android are the phone shipped? JB is not one of them..

4. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Doesn't matter as long as it is Android. SJ kept ranting about fragmentation but market didn't care about the rants ... so listen to the pulse of market as customer is KING :)

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Actually, JB would be on the international Nexus, some S3 models, and the Note 2. Also, ICS is on the vast majority of the new devices being shipped. Keep an eye out for the version share numbers for October.

7. xray174

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

and android 2.2 has more feautures then ios6 just sad

9. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Most of those phones were shipped with gingerbread or ice cream sandwich perhaps 60/40 respectively. The important milestone here is that Android has become the Windows of smartphones.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You misspelled "King".

13. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

And ur correcting him cuz he likes being corrected or u care so much bout correcting others mistakes or what exactly?

24. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I did it to distract tards like yourself.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Which means consumers prefer even older versions of Android to iOS by more than 3 to 1.

18. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

if customer prefer the older version why the fuzz about upgrades or the return rate being less than 50%.. We agree that most consumers don't know what they want. they only go back if the product is good.. you do the math

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Because ppl caring about upgrades could be lumped in with ppl that know about rooting and custom ROMs. If most are like my kids mother....she has a Nexus S...and blocked ICS as long as she could. She said she liked GB better. She is very non techy. She might dont even know how to check for updates. If most are like her.....the latest OS version wont even matter.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What "fuzz" are you talking about? The only people who complain about upgrades are folks like you who need to find some way of muting Android's dominance. And, once again, you have zero knowledge about Android (or any other phone) return rates. What's more, you already know that the return rates aren't anywhere near that level, because if they were, Android would fold, and no one would sell them. Three out of every four smartphones sold in the last quarter were Android. That's an amazing stat. Why does it make you so insecure?

26. tedkord

Posts: 17320; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Just a little correction to my last post. I checked the source link, and people aren't choosing Android over iOS by 3 to 1. They're choosing it by 5 to 1. And, I did the math, Gallito. Since Android not only keeps retaining it lead, but building on it, I'd day that people are returning to what works well.

12. wendygarett unregistered

Most of the pc user still using Windows xp instead of win 7... I don't see any problem with that tho :)

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Who cares - I have had it on my three devices for quite some time now....

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

BTW, your pic insults the great show of ROBOT CHICKEN.

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

yes it is a great show...

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And as you can see from the article....it....doent....even......matter....

3. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That is a mind boggling number. 75%. Wow.

8. papss unregistered

Pretty impressive to say the least.

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

It will change for Q4, but Android still has lots of great phones to offer.

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

they always do..

17. Danre

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 02, 2012

let me add something more in this news and this 75% is expected to grow in future because of Nexus . No wonder if android touches 85% in next quarter.

23. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

So android shipments soared 30 percents in one quarter. Here's an amazing figure - even if we'd take away Samsung completely from the picture, android would still have a huge lead in market share

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