Android soars ahead, bad news for everyone else (‘cept Bada)

Android soars ahead, bad news for everyone else (‘cept Bada)A spanking new press release from Gartner details smartphone sales for Q3 2011, and it’s undeniably good news for Google and Android.

For non-Androidians, however, I’m afraid things aren’t looking so hot. Unless you're Samsung's Bada.

Looking at the Q3 stats for 2010 and 2011, Android has leapt from 25.3% market share to 52.5% this year. Not too shabby for a year’s work. A whopping 60.4 million units were sold, and – even more impressive – that’s almost three times the Android volume for the same period in 2010.

Apple has plateaued somewhat, sticking around the mid-teens, with its 16.6% share from Q3 last year dropping to 15% this year. However, thanks to the continued rise of smartphones in general, it actually sold more iPhones.

Microsoft dropped from 2.7% to 1.5% (it’ll be interesting to see what impact Nokia has on future figures), while Bada was the only non-Android OS to rise – from 1.1% to 2.2%. Go, Bada!

Here comes Gartner’s Ms. Cozza to explain the figures to us: "Android benefited from more mass-market offerings, a weaker competitive environment and the lack of exciting new products on alternative operating systems such as Windows Phone 7 and RIM.

"Apple's iOS market share suffered from delayed purchases as consumers waited for the new iPhone. Continued pressure is impacting RIM's performance, and its smartphone share reached its lowest point so far in the U.S. market, where it dropped to 10 percent."

Mmm, figures and stats. I need a lie down now.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 16, 2011 at 10:26

70% of all network supported smartphones in Ireland are running Android. Those figs are actually bad in that context

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 16, 2011 at 12:16

iPhone is back ordered. You still have to pay premium to get one. I'm not willing to wait 2 weeks for something that was released month ago unless I get a discount or at least an apology.

Stelph  Nov. 16, 2011 at 12:36

The other fact that I heard related to this table was to do with profit margins, despite the high market share of Android, the iPhone )(for obvious reasons) actually still makes the most profit despite its lower marketshare.

I know which id prefer to have!

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 16, 2011 at 13:20

Market share is the key, without it there is not much you can do. It's better off to have market share and lower margin than other way around. You get to dictate your terms instead of listening to others and get away with anything you want.

Back to original topic, Apple probably still holds smartphone crown as Android is fragmented between manufactures.

Smiff  Nov. 16, 2011 at 15:36

Dunno what a "crown" is, but last i heard Apple is down to 5th place by handset sales - even ZTE now ships more phones than Apple.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 16, 2011 at 16:35

Smiff - various makers sell more phones than Apple, but not more of 1 device. And I don't know anyone who thinks, hm...iPhone or ZTE skate? Different target group.

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 16, 2011 at 16:37

Jan, you are not exactly correct.
Smiff, you have to read more carefully.

All phone makers sell dumb phones and feature phones, but Apple only has smartphones. I think Apple still number one (maybe two by now) in smartphone compared to any other manufacturer.

Smiff  Nov. 16, 2011 at 16:41

doh, sorry you're right that's total handset sales. Samsung is probably #1 in smartphones, Apple #2.. but they'll probably slip. Unless they come out with a much cheaper phone..

equ  Nov. 16, 2011 at 17:53

Its PC vs Mac vs "Everyone Else" all over again.

Iphones are not going anywhere. Apple is very lightly happy with its near 20% market share and the large profits it gets, its not going to ruin it's high end phone profits chasing lower mid range prices.

Android is the common "Commodity" operating system for phones just as Google wanted. And with "ICS" there should be less device app fragmentation (apparently)

Its everyone else that must be crying onto their cornflakes. I nearly impulse purchased a Samsung Bada phone myself but fortunately realized it was not android before buying (It has same Icons etc... Look very much like Samsung Android phones), wonder how meny people have made that mistake (Also they were getting sold off very cheaply in Tesco a few weeks ago)

Rubisco  Nov. 17, 2011 at 10:25

Apple wears the crown alright... in that it acts like a bloated monarch, taxing everything and telling it's citizens what they can and can't do. Vive la republic!

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 17, 2011 at 10:46

In regards to PC vs Mac vs Everyone Else, I have to say that Mac lost long time ago. Apple makes good quality and great looking PCs and laptops, but on software front they are quite awful.


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