Google’s Android continued its growth and was running on 75 per cent of the smartphones shipped during the last quarter, reports IDC. Out of the 181.1 million smartphones shipped during the period, Android was present on 136 million of them.
Android’s market share has increased almost 7 per cent on quarter to quarter basis as it was only on 68.1 per cent of smartphones shipped in Q2, 2012.
Android’s shipment share increase has come at the expense of iOS, Symbian and Windows Phone 7.
According to IDC, iOS was present on 14.9 per cent of the smartphones, followed by Blackberry on 4.3 per cent and Symbian on 2.3 per cent. Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile were way down with just 2.0 per cent of the shipments.
“Android has been one of the primary growth engines of the smartphone market since it was launched in 2008,” said Ramon Llamas, research manager, Mobile Phones at IDC. “In every year since then, Android has effectively outpaced the market and taken market share from the competition. In addition, the combination of smartphone vendors, mobile operators, and end-users who have embraced Android has driven shipment volumes higher. Even today, more vendors are introducing their first Android-powered smartphones to market.”
Android, having topped the 100 million unit mark last quarter, reached a new record level in a single quarter. By comparison, Android’s total volumes for the quarter were greater than the total number of smartphones shipped in 2007, the year that Android was officially announced. Samsung once again led all vendors in this space, but saw its market share decline as numerous smaller vendors increased their production.
IDC also forecasts that Android shipments will reach 333 million units this year up from 243.4 million last year.