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Android Accounts for 75% of Smartphone Shipments in Q3

By - Source: IDC (via Engadget) | B 15 comments

Google experiences massive growth in the smartphone market.

Android has come a long way in the four years since it launched. In face, IDC reports that the operating system shipped with three quarters of the smartphones sold in the last quarter. IDC reports that Android shipped 136 million units this past quarter, accounting for 75 percent of the 181.1 million smartphones shipped in 3Q12. This number represents year-over-year growth of 91.5 percent. According to IDC, it's nearly double the overall market growth rate of 46.4 percent.

"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. 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 placed second for smartphone shipments. It shipped 26.9 million units, accounting for 14.9 percent of smartphone shipments. In the same quarter last year, Apple shipped 17.1 million phones, or 13.8 percent of overall smartphone shipments. This represents growth of 57.3 percent year-over-year. Both Blackberry and Symbian (third and fourth place, respectively) experienced negative year-over-year growth. The former 7.7 million units (4.3 percent of shipments) down from 11.8 million (9.5 percent) in the year ago quarter. Nokia's Symbian was on 4.1 million (2.3 percent), down from 18.1 million (14.6 percent). Microsoft, on the other hand, is doing alright. The company experienced year-over-year growth of 140 percent. For Q3 2011, the company shipped 1.5 million units, or 1.2 percent of smartphone shipments. This year, for the same quarter, the company shipped 2 percent, or 3.6 million units. These numbers obviously don't account for Windows Phone 8, which just launched earlier this week. IDC says it includes both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Mobile.

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  • 19 Hide
    neieus , November 2, 2012 5:55 PM
    Quote:
    Next headline: Android based phone owners account for 70% of satisfied smartphone users.

    Friends don't let friend buy Isheep.


    Fixed...
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    captaincharisma , November 2, 2012 5:53 PM
    catbus1Next headline: Android based phone owners account for 70% of dissatisfied smartphone users.Friends don't let friend Android.


    no that 70% is iphone users not android
  • 14 Hide
    kartu , November 2, 2012 6:43 PM
    jacobdrjiPhone users are mostly satisfied from my experience. Android much less so. Too much configurability leads to less satisfaction...

    North Koreans are very satisfied with their government.
    Too much democracy leads to less satisfaction....
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  • 15 Hide
    captaincharisma , November 2, 2012 5:53 PM
    catbus1Next headline: Android based phone owners account for 70% of dissatisfied smartphone users.Friends don't let friend Android.


    no that 70% is iphone users not android
  • 19 Hide
    neieus , November 2, 2012 5:55 PM
    Quote:
    Next headline: Android based phone owners account for 70% of satisfied smartphone users.

    Friends don't let friend buy Isheep.


    Fixed...
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    jacobdrj , November 2, 2012 6:00 PM
    iPhone users are mostly satisfied from my experience. Android much less so. Too much configurability leads to less satisfaction.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_asks_why_are_we_happy.html

    Ironic...

    Still, I have to say, I love my LG Motion 4G. Most satisfied I have been with a tech product, not called an SSD, in a long long time...
  • 7 Hide
    dgingeri , November 2, 2012 6:01 PM
    So, with 60% of the smartphones sold by the providers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc) being iPhones, and 75% of the total smartphone shipments being Android, obviously, Android phones are the preferred phones of the free, while iPhones are the preferred phones of the herd.
  • 11 Hide
    theclash150 , November 2, 2012 6:05 PM
    catbus1Next headline: Android based phone owners account for 70% of dissatisfied smartphone users.Friends don't let friend Android.


    I wasn't 100% satisfied with my Galaxy SIII with the stock TouchWiz but I was able to flash CyanogenMod on it and get it the way I want it. That's the beauty of Android, it can really be YOUR phone. As a former iPhone 4 owner, I cannot express how awesome the flexibility of Android is.
  • 0 Hide
    anhxeom , November 2, 2012 6:37 PM
    "In FACE, IDC reports that the operating system shipped with three quarters of the smartphones sold in the last quarter. "

    Who's face?
  • 14 Hide
    kartu , November 2, 2012 6:43 PM
    jacobdrjiPhone users are mostly satisfied from my experience. Android much less so. Too much configurability leads to less satisfaction...

    North Koreans are very satisfied with their government.
    Too much democracy leads to less satisfaction....
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    jhansonxi , November 2, 2012 7:22 PM
    theclash150I wasn't 100% satisfied with my Galaxy SIII with the stock TouchWiz but I was able to flash CyanogenMod on it and get it the way I want it. That's the beauty of Android, it can really be YOUR phone. As a former iPhone 4 owner, I cannot express how awesome the flexibility of Android is.
    I had a similar experience with a Sansa Clip Zip media player. It couldn't play Ogg files or even the included sample music without stuttering. I replaced the firmware with Rockbox and now it plays Ogg files perfectly (and Minesweeper. and Doom).
    http://www.rockbox.org
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    Solandri , November 2, 2012 8:22 PM
    jacobdrjiPhone users are mostly satisfied from my experience. Android much less so. Too much configurability leads to less satisfaction.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_asks_why_are_we_happy.html

    I've seen that TED talk. I agree with what he says, but disagree with his suggested solutions. The solution isn't to deprive customers of choice and trap them in a gilded cage with fewer options.

    The solution is to make it easier for people to make choices. Like how Newegg's product search lets you take the thousands of laptops they carry, and quickly narrow it down to the few which are quad core, 15"-15.6", with SSD, and cost $500-$750.

    I have a Canon DSLR camera. I use the manual, aperture priority, and shutter priority modes almost exclusively. But when I hand the camera off to someone who doesn't know squat about photography and just wants to take pictures, I put it into "green mode" where the camera does almost everything automatically and acts more like a point and shoot. This is what Android needs - a "green mode" which is super-simplified, but retaining the ability to turn it off and set certain or all features manually if you wish.

    That's how you improve customer satisfaction through simplification of choice, not by forcing everyone to use "green mode" like the iPhone does. Part of the reason the iPhone's satisfaction ratings are so high is because Android exists, and tweak-a-holics dissatisfied with the iPhone's limitations have abandoned it to use something else.
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    Anonymous , November 2, 2012 8:43 PM
    [iPhone users are mostly satisfied from my experience. Android much less so. Too much configurability leads to less satisfaction.]

    To each its own I would say, the market will always support at least two platforms. But it is getting obvious that iPhone will not be the top tier. It all starts with the approach that Apple always priced its products at a premium, it is simple market behavior that they will be squeezed out of top spot. But to change that, is to cheapen the product and it might offend the existing fans and turn them away. That's the disadvantage when a company wants to be the premium brand. The wealth distribution is always non-uniform. Being premium, means it is not that appealing to the lower portion which has more people than those at the upper portion, so it is only a matter of time when someone else come along selling a mass market appeal product and takes the market share away.

    I think Apple and their fans should not even be angry about this. Because this is what they will get when they prefer the premium approach, sooner or later.
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    kronos_cornelius , November 3, 2012 12:56 AM
    Android will be as big of a standard as HTML5. The more time goes by the better my prediction looks.
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    Someone Somewhere , November 3, 2012 9:37 AM
    otacon72Stupid comparison. Android has what 1000+ different devices compared to like 10 Apple. Of course it's going to have more growth..LOL The fact that Apple controls so much of the smartphone and tablet market with such few devices compared to the thousands of different Android models speaks volumes. Android is way to fragmented.


    Samsung sells around twice as many android phones as apple sells iOS. They have only a few current devices.
  • 2 Hide
    Anonymous , November 3, 2012 3:36 PM
    So in essence Android rules because of all the models that runs it. Apple is doing nicely and everyone else sucks including Windows phones. Who will be lucky to ever see 5% market share let alone double digit.
  • 0 Hide
    house70 , November 3, 2012 7:46 PM
    otacon72Of course my comment would get thumbed down. Truth hurts Android fanboys.


    Nah, just making it disappear into oblivion to spare you some embarrassment... Obviously, not working, since you continue to embarrass yourself.