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Android rules smartphone market during first part of 2012

May 24, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Google lets smartphone makers such as Motorola use the Android operating system.
Google lets smartphone makers such as Motorola use the Android operating… (Brendan McDermid / Reuters )

Six out of every 10 smartphones shipped in the first part of 2012 ran Android, two ran iOS and the other two were a tossup, according to a new report released Thursday.

Android, Google's smartphone operating system, held a 59% market share during the first quarter of this year, which gave it a year-to-year growth of 145%, according to the International Data Corp.

During the first few months of 2012, nearly 90 million Android phones were shipped -- more than twice as many as those by Google's closest competitor, Apple.

While iOS didn't come close to any of Android's results, it still had a solid showing. Apple shipped 35.1 million units in the quarter, giving it a 23% market share and a year growth of nearly 89%.

Together, Android and iOS continue to lead and very much control the smartphone market.

Coming in a distant third was neither BlackBerry OS or Windows Phone 7, but rather Symbian, the system preferred by Nokia before its recent shift to Windows Phone. Though Symbian was third with a 6.8% share, it also posted the largest year-to-year decline, with a 61% decrease.

BlackBerry OS landed in the fourth spot, shipping nearly 10 million units, a nearly 30% decline over the last year.

Linux was in fifth place, and in the sixth spot was Windows Phone, which only accounted for 2.2% of the market. More than 3 million Windows Phones shipped in the first part of 2012, and growth over the year was almost 27%.


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