News by Andrew Kameka on Friday November 02, 2012.
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Four years after its commercial debut, the Android operating system now accounts for 75 percent of global smartphones, according to IDC. The research firm reports that in the third quarter of 2012, Android is used on three out of every four smartphones shipped to retailers. IDC reports that there were 181.1 million smartphones shipped in most recent quarter; Android accounted for 136 million of those shipments.
Ramon Llamas, a research manager for Mobile Phones at IDC issued the following statement detailing Android's rise to power:
"Android has been one of the primary growth engines of the smartphone market since it was launched in 2008. 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."
Apple iOS maintained its position as the second most prevalent operating system with a 14.9 market share. iOS accounted for 26.9 million shipments, a 57 percent increase over shipments reported during the same period last year. RIM BlackBerry dropped 34.7 percent to 7.7 million, Symbian fell 77.3 percent to 4.1 million, and Microsoft Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile increased 140 percent to 3.6 million.source: IDC
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