IDC: Android continues to dominate the global Smartphone market; shipments increase 106% from last year

It looks like things are looking really good for Google’s Android OS. During the second quarter of 2012, over 104 million smartphones running Google’s Android operating system were shipped. Overall, Google’s global smartphone market share sat at an impressive 68.1% during Q2 of 2012. Apple came in second with 26 million iOS devices sold with a 16.9% market share during Q2. Third on the list was RIM’s BlackBerry OS with 7.4 million devices shipped and 4.8% market share.

Compared to the same period last year, Google smartphone shipment increased a whopping 106.5%, going from 50.8 million devices shipped to 104.8 million devices shipped. Market share increased by 45% from 46.9% in Q2 2011 to 68.1 in Q2 2012.

Top Smartphone Operating Systems, Shipments, and Market Share, Q2 2012 (Units in Millions)

Operating System

Q2 2012 Shipments

Q2 2012 Market Share

Q2 2011 Shipments

Q2 2011 Market Share

Year-over-year Change

Android

104.8

68.1%

50.8

46.9%

106.5%

iOS

26.0

16.9%

20.4

18.8%

27.5%

BlackBerry OS

7.4

4.8%

12.5

11.5%

-40.9%

Symbian

6.8

4.4%

18.3

16.9%

-62.9%

Windows Phone 7 / Windows Mobile

5.4

3.5%

2.5

2.3%

115.3%

Linux

3.5

2.3%

3.3

3.0%

6.3%

Others

0.1

0.1%

0.6

0.5%

-80.0%

Grand Total

154.0

100.0%

108.3

100.0%

42.2%

The biggest change (percentage-wise) in shipments between Q2 2011 and Q2 2012 goes to Microsoft’s mobile smartphone OS. Although the number is small, year-over-year change for Windows Phone 7/Windows Phone increased by 115.3%. The number of actual phones increased to 5.4 million in 2012 from 2.5 million in Q1 2011.

The IDC gives credit to Android’s success during Q2 to the number of flagship devices that were released, the fact that there were multiple devices offered at different price points, and overall good user experience provided by Google and its handset partners.

Source: IDC

Jonathan converted to the Android platform from Blackberry with the original Motorola Droid. He currently has a Samsung Galaxy Nexus complete with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on Verizon Wireless, a Motorola Xoom, and a Kindle Fire. Besides keeping up with Android news, he enjoys spending time with his family, gaming, reading, and computers. Google+

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