New survey shows Android finished 2011 with 48.8% of the global smartphone market

New survey shows Android finished 2011 with 48.8% of the global smartphone market
A new survey showed that Android increased its share of the global smartphone market by 244% from last year, to finish with a commanding 48.8% share. 237.8 million handsets with the OS were shipped in 2011. Android also was the leader in the fourth quarter of 2011 with 81.9 million units shipped, good enough for a 51.6% marketshare. Apple's iOS was second for the quarter and for the year with 23.5% and 19.1% of the market respectively. Apple shipped 37 million units of the Apple iPhone in Q4 and 93.1 million for the year. The latter figure represents a strong 96% increase from the prior year's figure.

While many have counted RIM out, for the year the Canadian based manufacturer increased its shipments by 5% to 51.4 million units. That works out to a 10.4% slice of the global smartphone pie. But things did deteriorate in the fourth quarter for RIM with its shipments for the three month period declining by 9.7% to 13.2 million. That accounted for 8.3% of the market.

The biggest loser for the last quarter of the year was Symbian, whose shipments dropped 40.9% to 18.3 million phones, good for an 11.6% share. For the year, the OS accounted for 80.1 million smartphones and a 16.4% marketshare. That was off 29.1% from 2010.

The biggest loser for the year was Windows Phone which lost 43.3% of 2010's slice of the market to reach just 1.4% of smartphones shipped in 2011. The 6.8 million handsets shipped with Microsoft's mobile OS installed was even well behind the 13.2 million units that were equipped with Samsung's bada OS.

For the quarter, smartphone shipments rose 56.6% to 158.5 million units. For the year, 487.7 million smartphones were shipped globally, a rise of  62.7% for the year.

source: Canalys via WMPoweruser

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1. zackh121556

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Duhhhhh. Android all the way!

19. G2Noobin

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

Bing Bing Bizz Bang!! Android for life... lmao i went to a local best buy and walked up to a guy with my samsung galaxy s and he said are you looking for a phone? and im like no, just browsing.... well guy didn't believe me that i had a galaxy s2 as well... and pulls some serious attitude...while i was noticing the s2 pixels didn't seem so sharp....as i keep inspecting the s2...i pull out my rooted Galaxy S1... pull down the zipper on my MIUI theme....hes like i've seen that before!!, androids are sooooo customizable....And i ask him have you rooted before...and hes like no i haven't got to it yet...(all this with a serious attitude, mind you, as he thinks he knows more than me) Well moral of the story is, he was an Apple user....sitting on his high horse...too bad that horse is 1 foot high, rocks, and is for children.

2. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

ha, and I estimated at least 60 million androids in q 4. only 20 million short :p anyway, I repeat again - apple can break it's own records as much as it wants, but android will take over the world. this year could see a pretty astonishing 350 million android phones being sold

3. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Da King.....Period

4. Jericho unregistered

Hey guys read the phonearena review of lg spectrum vs samsung galaxy s2 biased review. And today just read the review on gsmarena www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_r_vs_lg_optimus_2x-review-713.php now thats how you write a review(unbiased)

5. Jericho unregistered

sorry not galaxy s2. I meant galaxy nexus

6. kamejoko

Posts: 252; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

winphone 7 (MS + nokia + ss + lg + htc + Fujitsu + Toshiba + Zte) < Bada (SS).

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you know what that means? half of all smartphones are.. FULL FLASH ENABLED!! AND GROWING. :) viva la flash :)

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

will replace and "replaced" are not the same thing. you have the better part of a decade before HTML5 is the main media plug in on the internet. I'm concerned about what works now, not what will work 2 or 3 purchases from now. Besides, android is HTML5 compliant, so its the best of both worlds. Why would you want to limit yourself to "the future" and screw yourself out of "the present". Doesnt make sense to me.

17. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Adobe will no longer support Flash on Android following the current version used on ICS. This doesn't apply only to Android; Adobe will stop supporting Flash on mobile devices, period. Therefore, it makes sense to limit ourselves to the future, when that future is very near. This means, the number of flash-enabled devices will be shrinking very soon, until only legacy devices will still have it. Much sooner than the latter part of the decade.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

no, it actually doesnt. What Adobe said, is that they will no longer support new versions of anything mobile past its current iteration + the upcomming Blackberry10 software. They said that they WILL however continue to provide tech support and updates indefinately to devices. And unless you have information that I dont have, its going to be quite a long time. ICS is at a total of 1% android adoption, so its going to be YEARS until it filters in and then out of the mainstream. Also, that doesnt mean that GOOGLE cant continue to install flash into future ICS or Jellybean updates by updating the code itself. Then you have to take in to consideration that most websites are not HTML5 compliant as it is. There is little reason for a small website to take on the cost of converting everything to HTML5 (someone has to get paid, ect ect ect) when Flash works just fine and is compatable with every PC and Mac out there. And again, Android has been HTML5 compliant for quite a while now. And again, why would u not want to be compliant with todays standard (flash) as well as tomorrow's standard (html5). Android is 50% of the global smartphone market all by itself. Soon, Blackberry will be making only blackberry10 software which is flash capable... thats another 15-20% of the market if they stay afloat. With Android's consistent rise in market share and blackberry's market share, you could be seeing 70%+ of the mobile market continuing to be FLASH capable within a year or so, which is nearly double of what it was when Adobe said that no NEW versions would be made. Tomorrow, just like today and yesterday, iOS users will find themselves without the full web while Android and RIM users will be able to see and do everything on the web... Flash or HTML5. Looks like Flash is "winning" the argument without trying.

20. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

"What Adobe said, is that they will no longer support new versions of anything mobile past its current iteration" That's exactly what I said. I don't expect Blackberry to count for much, the way things are currently going. I also don't expect Google to develop on proprietary software for Android. Google is about being open and innovative, so HTML5 vs Flash is an obvious decision for them. Can you cite where Adobe stated they'll support current versions of mobile Flash indefinitely? They said they would support it, but I never saw them say indefinitely. Indefinitely is unrealistic, to be honest.

27. SleepingOz unregistered

who cares?! Android has both Flash and HTML5. Android users win anyway, unlike other sheeps so f**k off!

28. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

You sir, are far to articulate for me. I cannot argue your logic, with all of its backed up facts and information. Please accept my humble withdraw from the argument.

8. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

..and not just that, camejoko. number of units sold: WP(8 brands ) x two = Bada (Samsung ) WP (8 brands ) x three = Symbian(Nokia ) !!! Windows phone so far is by far the most epic OS fail ever

9. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

..and not just that, camejoko. number of units sold: WP(8 brands ) x two = Bada (Samsung ) WP (8 brands ) x three = Symbian(Nokia ) !!! Windows phone so far is by far the most epic OS fail ever

11. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

correction: WP (8 brands ) x 11. 7= Symbian(Nokia )

12. ilia1986 unregistered

Android, Android by his honor is sworn To keep Apple forever at bay! And the fiercest iFans rout when they hear Freedom's shout, Android, for your blessing we pray! Fus Ro Dah!

14. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

poor wp7

15. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

WOW ! Bada is growing STRONG !!! GO ANDROID ! ^_^

16. CUL8TR

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

YES GIVE IT A NOTHER YEAR AND ANDROID WILL DOMINATE EVERY COMPANY WILL BE USING ANDROID GOOD LUCK

21. Tarkio

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Wait, wasn't Phone Arena just trumpeting all the great success of ios and how they were outselling android (you know, for the 1 quarter they had a new phone , and only in the US I believe) And now that the real numbers are out, we see ios has finally passed symbian, now that it's sinking faster than the Titanic, and about 2 years after Nokia said they were ending it lol. But hey apple, 19% is pretty good. It's almost double BlackBerry, now that they've fallen way off too.... This is exactly the 1990's computer market happening to apple all over again.

22. mohsen611

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

Really good design at Motorola

23. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

one day anew os will crush android..//.....

24. CUL8TR

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

YEA ANOTHER THING WHY DIDNT THE US GET THE EUROPEAN S2 WHICH LOOKS MUCH BETTER THAN THE US O YEA CAUSE OV COWARD§ APPLE AFFRAID OR THE ORIGINAL S2 IN THE US WOULD EV HAD A BIG IMPACT RIGHT OR WRONG GSM ARENA IS NOT BIASED PHONEARENA TEND TO LIKE THE APPLE FANS THEY SUPPORT APPLE THAN ANDROID

30. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

O_O be calm man... no need to yell

25. CUL8TR

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

SHUBHAM412 IN YOUR DREAMS NOPE NEVER IN REALITY BUT THE ANDROID FANS WILL CRUSH YOU

26. CUL8TR

Posts: 57; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

TARKIO YEAP WISHING APPLE THE BADLUCK THEY SHOULD FADE IN COUPLE OV YEARS TIME

29. gkquiambao

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

244.1% year-on-year growth! that is so awesome!

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