Android begins to dominate smartphones

2011-11-16 07:29
Washington - More than half of the smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter of the year were powered by Google's Android software, technology research firm Gartner said.

A total of 60.5 million Android-powered smartphones were sold in the third quarter, giving the operating system a 52.5% market share, up from 25.3% in the same quarter a year ago, Gartner said.

Nokia sold 19.5 million smartphones using its Symbian operating system in the third quarter but its share of the smartphone market fall to 16.9% from 36.3% a year ago.

Apple sold 17.3 million iPhones powered by iOS software during the quarter. Apple's market share slipped to 15% from 16.6% a year ago.

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion saw the largest decline with its market share falling to 11% from 15.4% on sales of 12.7 million units.

Sales increase

"Android benefited from more mass-market offerings, a weaker competitive environment and the lack of exciting new products on alternative operating systems," Gartner principal analyst Roberta Cozza said.

"Apple's iOS market share suffered from delayed purchases as consumers waited for the new iPhone," Cozza said.

"Continued pressure is impacting RIM's performance, and its smartphone share reached its lowest point so far in the US market, where it dropped to 10%."

Gartner said worldwide sales of mobile devices totalled 440.5 million units in the third quarter, up 5.6% over a year ago.

Smartphone sales rose 42% in the quarter over a year ago to 115.2 million units and made up 26% of all mobile sales, up from 25% the previous quarter.

"Strong smartphone growth in China and Russia helped increase overall volumes in the quarter," Cozza said.

"But demand for smartphones stalled in advanced markets such as Western Europe and the US as many users waited for new flagship devices featuring new versions of the key operating systems," she said.

Leader

Nokia was the overall leader in overall mobile sales in the third quarter although its market share slipped to 23.9% from 28.2% a year ago.

South Korea's Samsung was the second-largest handset vendor with a 17.8% market share, up from 17.2% a year ago.

Another South Korean firm, LG Electronics, was next with a 4.8% market share, down from 6.6% a year ago.

Apple's market share rose to 3.9% from 3.2% a year ago.

China's ZTE saw its market share rise to 3.2% from 1.9% while the market share of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion dipped to 2.9% from 3%.

Taiwan's HTC saw its market share rise to 2.7% from 1.6%, while US vendor Motorola saw its market share rise to 2.6% to 2.1%.

China's Huawei nearly doubled its market share - from 1.3% to 2.4% - while Sony Ericsson saw its market share fall to 1.9% from 2.5%.

Gartner also said that Samsung became the top smartphone manufacturer worldwide in the quarter, topping Nokia, on sales of 24 million units.

Read more on:    samsung  |  apple  |  nokia  |  sony ericsson  |  rim  |  google  |  mobile
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
21 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Friday Cape Town - 16:15 PM
    Road name: Wet Weather
    RAIN across the greater Cape Town area - drive with care and use headlights - Allow Extra Tavel Time
  • Friday Kuils River - 09:28 AM
    Road name: Polkadraai Road Eastbound
    ROADWORKS between the R102 Van Riebeeck Road and the R310 Baden Powell Drive exit - DELAYS
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia Lumia 800

The stunningly social Nokia Lumia 800 features head-turning design, ...

From R2775.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The day may have a fluctuating sensitive energy to begin with, but later when the Moon moves into dramatic and creative Leo you...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.