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Android Phones Outsell iPhones in Q2 2012

For every iPhone sold in Q2 2012, there are four Android phones sold in the market. This figure comes from a study by IDC which shows an increase from last year’s ratio of 2.5 is to 1.

Samsung accounts for much of the sales, reporting 105 million Android smartphones sold between the months of April to June. To date, the South Korean company is the number one maker of smartphones. Apple comes at second place.

The Android operating system by Google now has 68 percent of the global market share. Last year, it only controlled 47 percent for the second quarter.

Meanwhile, iPhone sales have dropped from 19 percent during the second quarter last year to 17 percent this year. A new iPhone, however, is believed to be launching this year and help pull up these figures for Apple.

There is, however, a downside to these figures for Android users. Along with the rise in the number of Android-based phones sold comes the increase in malware that Android users may download. The Finland-based security company F-Secure notes in the F-Secure Mobile Threat Report that they had gotten their hands on 5,033 examples of such software in Android application package files. The figure that F-Secure obtained was lower by as much as 64 percent during the first three months of this year. Android malware is moreover expected to even increase further during the second quarter.

The report also reveals that those creating the malware are employing new ways of attacking but older ones are still in use. One example would be drive-by downloads, where users visiting websites are automatically made to download files. Likewise, 81 percent of mobile threats involve the use of Trojans.

The good news is that most of these malicious software are frequently found on third-party websites. Thus, to avoid malware, Android users are often cautioned to stick to the official Google Play store when they want to download apps.

via Forbes