Android breaks through 50% market share barrier

Android breaks through 50% market share barrierIf you're an Android owner with iPhone-toting friends, here's a little gem you can throw in their faces: Android's share of the smartphone market has now reached the 50% mark, or to put it another way, one out of every two smartphones sold today is powered by Google's all-conquering OS.

A report from Gartner puts Android as holding 50% of the smartphone market - that's despite Cupertino managed to ship a not-too-shabby 25m units itself. Worldwide smartphone sales were 472m last year. Android's share was up from 30% 12 months previously.

The crucial fourth quarter of last year saw Apple become the world's third largest mobile phone maker, with 7.4% of the market - a place it snatched away from LG. Fellow South Koreans and Samsung (!) managed to shift 34 million units (mainly thanks to its runaway success, the Galaxy S2 which is still selling by the bucketload). And that is, of course, just one manufacturer running the Google Android operating system

ZTE and Huawei also saw their positions grow whilst the likes of Motorola and Sony Ericsson saw theirs fall. Nokia sales were down more than 8%, despite the launch of the Lumia range. Though now Google and Motorola are now officially BFFs, we wonder if this will be the same 12 months from now.

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jmarcelino  Feb. 16, 2012 at 06:16

"If you're an Android owner with iPhone-toting friends, here's a little gem you can throw in their faces: Android's share of the smartphone market has now reached the 50% mark, or to put it another way,one out of every two smartphones sold today is powered by more seriously, meaning or in others one in every two smartphones the world over are powered"

Not to be rude, but can we get articles by someone who knows how to write English?

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 16, 2012 at 07:56

Don't think error has anything to do with English proficiency, rather than lack of proofreading before publishing. Should not articles be proofread by anyone other than the author?

That's why there is Edit button for comments (_;)

phillavelle  Feb. 16, 2012 at 11:23

Human error. These things happen from time to time. Don;t be a cretin. I clearly can speak English.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 16, 2012 at 16:16

I didn't notice - cause the word "Gartner" makes me pass out! The statistics are flawed by the way (surprise). And once again, the big G muddied the water by mixinG up shipping numbers, installed/sold users etc etc... They know little. Onlyu this time AndroId paid for the lunch!

martinjjames / MOD  Feb. 16, 2012 at 16:39

To Phil's credit, the human error he speaks of wasn't even his own, but mine - while I was proofreading his story. In this case, I'd have been better leaving it alone, as his version made sense, but mine was a mix-up of cutting and pasting, and clearly hitting the Update button before, not after, I'd finished tinkering.

On the plus side, this has at least given both Phil and myself a chance to confirm that we do indeed know how to write English, which is always a relief to clear up.

And jmarcelino, a last point about our language (and I hope you take it in the spirit intended considering I was the one who made the mistake in the first place): you do know that putting "not to be rude" at the start of a sentence is normally the surest signal that you are about to be rude, but just don't want to own up to it?

Not to be rude, of course ;)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 16, 2012 at 16:54

Not to be unrude, thanks :)

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