Android launched four years ago, and it’s almost as though Google
wrote the script for its anniversary: the IDC found that in Q3 2012, exactly 75% of all smartphones that shipped in that time period were packing Android
In total, there were 181.1 million smartphones shipped in Q3 2012, so 136 million of those were Android handsets and represents unbelievable growth of 91.5% year-over-year. To put it another way: the number of Android handsets sold in this one quarter is more than the total number of smartphones sold in all of 2007.
Numbers from the IDC, in millions
maintained its firm hold on the number two spot with 14.9% market share (up from 13.8% a year ago) while most of the rest of the field languishes. Number three smartphone maker BlackBerry saw its year-over-year market share plummet from 9.5% to 4.3%; Symbian has all but vanished, dropping from 14.6% to 2.3%; and Linux is down to 1.5% from 3.3%.
The only other smartphone maker to see any progress was Microsoft, whose Windows
Phone 7 and Windows Mobile handsets crept up from 1.2% to 2%. It’s more than likely that Microsoft will see a much greater increase in market share as Windows Phone 8 devices proliferate soon; the most intriguing question that remains is which platforms’ market shares will be cannibalized as a result.