The competition between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS mobile platform for market share is never ending. Both the companies are trying their very best to get as much market share as possible, and it looks like Google is succeeding, but of course with the support of all the third party device manufacturers and the users of the platform. IDC’s Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker for the third quarter of this year is out, and it shows some really impressive figures for Android.
In just the third quarter of 2012, 181.1 million smart phone devices have been sold, out of which 136 million devices were running Android. This means that the Android mobile operating system got a market share of 75 per cent. This much of market share even when the platform is not considered safer than iOS and when the platform has a lot of malware like apps in the Play Store.
Apple’s iOS came second with a very big difference between Android and iOS. iOS was able to manage just 14.9 per cent of the market share with 26.9 million iPhones sold out of the 181.1 million smart phones sold. But we should consider the fact that all the 26.9 million smart phones sold by the Cupertino tech giant are iPhones. But the 136 million Android smart phones sold include more than just one smart phone. If you see this as the number of units sold of one particular smart phone, Apple’s iPhone wins for sure.
The third place is taken by Research in Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry with just over 4 per cent of market share. Even though the company is facing a really tough time, the Canadian business smart phone maker managed to sell 7.7 million BlackBerry smart phones in one quarter, which is really great.
Other mobile platforms including Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, Nokia’s Symbian, Linux, and others come after BlackBerry and did not sell too well. IDC says that Samsung’s Android based smart phones are the most popular devices among the users. Are you a Samsung Android smart phone yourself?