During the third quarter of 2012, three Android smartphones were shipped for every smartphone using another operating system, according to the latest report from the International Data Corp.
The numbers work out to 91.5 percent year-over-year growth, a time in which the overall market growth rate was 46.4 percent. So out of the 181.1 million smartphones shipped in the third quarter, 136 million of them were Android – a record for the OS – and Samsung was the dominant manufacturer.
Apple’s iOS came in second place. IDC said its performance was affected by how late in the quarter the iPhone 5 shipped, and by the fact that this latest iPhone didn’t have any one particular feature that grabbed the public’s attention.
Interestingly, the number of BlackBerry subscribers grew, even as its market share sank further to just over 4 percent. Subscribers are primarily attracted by BBM messaging, IDC said, which is more secure than most other options.
Windows Phone, meanwhile, shipped 3.6 million units worldwide. IDC said Microsoft’s smartphone “has yet to make a significant dent into Android’s and iOS’s collective market share,” but points out that the situation could change when Windows Phone 8 smartphones go on sale later this year.
“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.”
IDC – press release