Thursday, May 24, 2012

Android- and iOS-Powered Smart Phones Gain More Share

Smart phones powered by the Android and iOS mobile operating systems accounted for more than eight out of ten smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2012, according to IDC.

Android had 59 percent market share, while iOS had 23 percent share of the 152.3 million smart phones shipped in the first quarter of 2012. Those statistics do not exactly related to "sales," though.

During the first quarter of 2011, the two operating systems held a combined installed base of 54.4 percent. IDC notes that  Android and iOS have grown their share over Symbian and BlackBerry, Linux and Windows Phone 7/Windows Mobile.

                                   Top Six Smart Phone Share, 2012 Q1 (Units in Millions) 
Mobile Operating System
1Q12 Unit Shipments
1Q12 Market Share
1Q11 Unit Shipments
1Q11 Market Share
Year-over-Year Change
Android
89.9
59.0%
36.7
36.1%
145.0%
iOS
35.1
23.0%
18.6
18.3%
88.7%
Symbian
10.4
6.8%
26.4
26.0%
-60.6%
BlackBerry OS
9.7
6.4%
13.8
13.6%
-29.7%
Linux
3.5
2.3%
3.2
3.1%
9.4%
Windows Phone 7/Windows Mobile
3.3
2.2%
2.6
2.6%
26.9%
Other
0.4
0.3%
0.3
0.3%
33.3%
Total
152.3
100.0%
101.6
100.0%
49.9%

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