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.