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November 6, 2012

Android are kicking the pulp out of Apple in Q3 shipment figures race


Ok ladies and gents I’m about to hit you with some hardcore figures, (no not that kind, mind out the gutter you haha) I hope its not too boring. On a lighter note, Apple got their butts whooped ;).

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. They also report 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. That’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 the market.”

Funnily enough someone has to come second place for smartphone shipments and that goes to Apple. They 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 Q312. 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 Q32011, 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 3.6million 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.

What are your predictions for Q412?

By Jonny Polea

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Jonny Polea

Editor in Chief at Beginners Tech

I joined Beginners Tech as a Technical Journalist in July 2012 and have never looked back. I love tech, gadgets, games and electronics; whether they are retro, current or future concepts. My loving fiancé Sarah has said that when I receive new items for review I’m like a kid in a toy shop – unable to leave it alone for two minutes! Coming from a design background, I am passionate about the design and aesthetics of tech as well as functionality.