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.


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.

  • Raymond - 2011-11-16 08:21

    only reason is they cant afford an iPhone.

      Nosiphom - 2011-11-16 08:51

      Confused and sinlge minded. Unlike you South Africans who get married to a brand, people around the world compare specification.

      Loodpil - 2011-11-16 09:10

      Android phones are better value for money in my opinion. Only thing where iPhones kick ass is the fact that their apps use Objective C, making porting of apps like VLC media player much easier. Java sucks big time.

      Jamie - 2011-11-16 09:35

      Not that they cannot afford an iPhone, they just dont think that spending so much money on an outdated, underperforming phone is worth it. Android phones have everything iPhones and Blackberry phones have and more and in a better looking and performing package at a competitive price.

      Wesley - 2011-11-16 11:28

      Dude you cant even blue tooth an mp3 from a iphone to another smartphone!

      murrayboyce - 2011-11-16 11:37

      @Jamie how many sms's, mxit, etc messages, downloading of mail, surfing etc. can other phones do for (57 ZAR), not arguing that android is bad i love it but love my BlackBerry more..

      Thinus - 2012-01-10 09:33

      Paying more for an inferior product is not smart

  • Retardus - 2011-11-16 08:37

    When Scifi movies talked about the Android invasion, I guess they never thought of this hahaha...

  • shiv179 - 2011-11-16 08:53

    Die CrapBerry die!

  • Sidima - 2011-11-16 09:03

    Once you go Android you never go back

  • Hat3d - 2011-11-16 09:53

    RIM (BlackBerry) is killing the planet :)

  • Stephen - 2011-11-16 10:06

    How is that everyone and his uncle appears to have an iPhoen in this country when they have less than 4% of the market??? Are we that different in our buying patterns in this country?

      Positiewe - 2011-11-16 10:26

      Most of the people here in the office have Androids. We are a software dev house. I think people that are les tehnology orientated tend to go for iPhones. It's an image thing. They still want to make an impression but find Android's options too confusing.

      Nosiphom - 2011-11-16 16:09

      Exactly we buy for image not functionality in this country.

  • modmario - 2011-11-16 12:25

    adroind is a ripp off of apple, but I love Blackberry until data gets cheaper is S.A. not willing to pay the over inflated prices networks come up with these days.

      Nosiphom - 2011-11-16 16:11

      That is the only advantage of BB. As long as data is expensive, using whatsapp and similar apps reamins expensive, making BBM attgractive as far as communication is concerned, but it is still crap as a phone!

      Thinus - 2012-01-10 09:29

      Never take your Blackberry out of South African on roaming. You will soon realise it is not the cheaper option.

  • cjopperman - 2011-11-21 19:25

    Yes Blackberry might have "free" emails and BBM for R60 a month, but with the new IOS 5, you can communicate with any other IOS 5 device for FREE. With Face time you can make calls over WiFi for FREE. No monthly subscriptions!! And let me just remind you of the iPhones unofficial motto: "There's an app for that"

  • Phumlani - 2011-12-07 08:33

    big ups to android im very impressed by the open platform and the apps are out of this world

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