IDC: Android accounts for 75% of Q3 smartphones shipped

IDC: Android accounts for 75% of Q3 smartphones shippedWe do enjoy a spot of IDC action here at Mobot, even if the figures aren’t an exact science. The results are in for Q3 smartphones, and they make for suitably interesting reading.

The headline story here is that Android shipments in Q3 supposedly reached 136 million units, accounting for a whopping 75% of the 181.1 million total. Good lord.

The 91.5% year-on-year growth for Android is nearly double the growth for all mobile operating systems, which weighed in at 46.4%.

Android’s market share has risen from 23.3% in 2010, to 49.2% in 2011, to 68.2% in 2012 (year to date).

iOS is still cruising along in distant second, rising from 13.8% share of smartphone shipments in 3Q11 to 14.9% in 3Q12, with 26.9 million iPhones shipped.

While Windows Phone achieved an estimated 140% growth, from 1.5 million units in 3Q11 to 3.6 million in 3Q12, it still accounts for a measly 2% of all smartphone shipments.

To give those figures some loose context, in a group of 50 smartphone users, you might find one with a Windows Phone device, while Android will likely account for around 30. And Windows Phone users moan about the lack of attention.

Symbian, meanwhile, posted the biggest year-on-year decline, dropping from 14.6% in 3Q11 to 2.3% in 3Q12. No surprises there.

"The share decline of smartphone operating systems not named iOS since Android's introduction isn't a coincidence," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst at IDC.

"The smartphone operating system isn't an isolated product, it's a crucial part of a larger technology ecosystem. Google has a thriving, multi-faceted product portfolio. Many of its competitors, with weaker tie-ins to the mobile OS, do not. This factor and others have led to loss of share for competitors with few exceptions."

via: IDC

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Pondlife  Nov. 2, 2012 at 17:01

Windows phone still beaten by symbian despite crazy price drops.. Still maybe for last time with wp8 almost here.

"To give those figures some loose context, in a group of 50 smartphone users, you might find one with a Windows Phone device, while Android will likely account for around 30. And Windows Phone users moan about the lack of attention."

Lower than that as this is just new purchases.. So overall ownership would be even lower percentage.

Pondlife  Nov. 2, 2012 at 17:11

So assuming almost all those symbian sales last year were Nokia (which is about right?) and even if we very generously say no one else sold wp they'd have gone from 18million sales to less than 8million...

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 2, 2012 at 17:31

Excellent, eh? o_O
Come one - Q3, Nokia sold 300,000 devices in the USofA! 300,000 - including DUMBPHONES!
Despite the massive ad campaigns for the Lumia 900!

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 2, 2012 at 17:33

...okay, I forgot what my point nwas. oops

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 2, 2012 at 17:59

shipped
We meet again, world's most vague word.

Pondlife  Nov. 2, 2012 at 18:06

Excellent, eh? o_O
Come one - Q3, Nokia sold 300,000 devices in the USofA! 300,000 - including DUMBPHONES!
Despite the massive ad campaigns for the Lumia 900!


Was trying to find the breakdown by country.
Well that was after announcing it wouldn't run wp8.... Doh.

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