Gartner has released their recent research numbers for the third quart of 2012, and not surprisingly, they have found that Android actually accounts for 72.4% of mobile sales worldwide. That is 52.5% more from the same time last year. This number that they’ve released is along the lines of what we have seen from the IDC (International Data Center) as well.
In comparison, iOS is down to 13.9% of the market from 15%, RIM is down 5.3% from 11%, Microsoft has gone up to 2.4% from 1.5%, and Bada is hilariously beating Microsoft with a 3% share. The overall mobile market declined by a mere 3.1%, but smartphone growth has actually increased by 46.9% year over year. Based off of the amount of units Samsung has sold, the manufacturer breakdown puts the Korean tech giant in the lead with a whopping 22.9% of sales in Q3. Nokia sits at 19.2% while Apple is at 5.5%, then you have ZTE, LG, Huawei, TCL, RIM, Motorola, and HTC right after that. Samsung is doing fantastically well obviously. If you want to see the graphs for yourself, you can check them out from Asymco with additional color and can see how well Samsung is actually doing compared to every other manufacturer out there. It’s actually pretty amazing.
Google is definitely leading the way here with the Android OS. Android has been top of the smartphone market for quite some time now, but to see them leading the way with the overall mobile market sales is a very big deal for the company. That said, it’s only a matter of time before we see the flip phones and other less popular devices die out. It’ll take a while, but if sales continue to go up and show some pretty hefty figures like shown above, it won’t be long before the smartphone takes over the world. Although, by the time smartphones saturate the entire population, I’ll be boasting holographic technology that Captain Picard developed.
Just remember though, there’s no platform that’s “better” (excluding older OS’ that aren’t with the times) than another. It depends on the user and what they like. If you don’t like the openness Android has, that’s probably not for you while iOS might be. If you don’t like how closed off iOS is that might not be for you while Android is. Aside from that, none of us have really experienced the “perfect” smartphone which is mainly because we all have our own likes and dislikes, which means we would all need our own unique smartphone.
Regardless, I’m excited to see what this next year is going to bring tot he Android OS. It’s been improving vastly, specifically the wide variety of apps on the Play Store, which for me, has made the overall experience a lot better than what it was last year. Let’s just buckle up and see, shall we?
What would the perfect smartphone look like to you? For me, it would probably be a Galaxy smartphone with 1080p HD capabilities, access to iOS apps, faster OS updates and top of the line hardware.
source: Android Central