Android is on 3 out of every 4 Smartphones

Don’t worry; this is not the overall number (cool down Apple freaks). It’s a research from IDC which calculated the ratio of smartphones sold in the last three months that uses Google’s Android software. Three out of every four smartphones sold in the third quarter of 2012 have Android OS.


Sales of smartphones running Android nearly doubled in the third quarter of the year, the research says, hitting 136 million. That means Android’s market share is up from 57.5 percent at the same time last year, to a massive 75 percent.

Apple’s share of the market increased to 14.9 percent during the third quarter however, from 13.8 percent a year earlier.

While Android pulled further ahead of Apple’s iOS, its gains have come mainly at the expense of rival operating systems Blackberry and Symbian, with shipments of phones running those systems declining significantly.

Research in Motion’s Blackberry operating system had 7.7 percent share in the third quarter, compared with 9.5 percent a year earlier.

Symbian, which had 14.6 percent share a year ago, had a 4.1 percent share in the third quarter. Smartphone maker Nokia still offers the Symbian software in some of its phones, but the company has largely shifted to Microsoft Corp’s software.

IDC analyst Kevin Restivo told that Android’s close “tie-ins” to Google’s broad array of online services, which include online search and maps, as an important asset that has helped Android grow.

Android has certainly been helped by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3, which just reached 30 million sales. The magic of Google is taking the world by storm. Can Android outnumber every other OS in the future?

To know, stay tuned to Plunto.



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