Android phones trounce iPhone

2012-08-08 23:01

New York - Got an iPhone? You're in the minority.

There were four Android phones for every iPhone shipped in the second quarter, research firm IDC said on  Wednesday. That's up from a ratio of 2.5 to 1 in the same period last year.

The success of Samsung's Android phones helped Google's operating system extend its dominance in the smartphone market.

Samsung Electronics and other phone makers shipped nearly 105 million Android smartphones in the April-June quarter, giving Android 68% of the worldwide market, up from 47% last year.

The gains came largely at the expense of BlackBerry phones made by Research in Motion and Symbian phones made largely by Nokia. Each saw its market share drop below 5%. Nokia is now making phones that use Microsoft's Windows system.

The market share for Apple's iPhone, powered by its iOS software, fell slightly to 17%, from 19%. But the company shipped more iPhones than a year ago. Apple is the No 2 smartphone maker, behind Samsung, and is likely to get a boost when it releases its new iPhone model as expected this Autumn.

Samsung's Galaxy S III phone received good reviews when it was released late in the second quarter. It also benefits from the company's strategy of making various devices that target a range of consumers. By contrast, Apple targets only the high-end market with its iPhone.

According to IDC, Samsung accounted for 44% of all Android phones in the second quarter and shipped more Android phones than the next seven Android phone makers combined. HTC and Motorola Mobility, which Google now owns, are among the other Android makers.

Market growing

IDC estimates that Samsung shipped 50.2 million smartphones in the quarter, though that includes a few million phones running the Bada system based on Linux. Apple shipped 26 million iPhones.

Worldwide smartphone shipments grew 42% to 154 million in the second quarter. Combined, Android and Apple had 85% of the market, up from 66% a year ago.

"The mobile OS market is now unquestionably a two-horse race due to the dominance of Android and iOS," said Kevin Restivo, a senior research analyst at IDC.

But it's still possible for rivals to gain share since smartphones represent fewer than 40% of all cellphones shipped in the quarter. But, Restivo said in a statement "such efforts will become increasingly difficult as smartphone penetration increases".

Microsoft and RIM are both coming out with new versions of their operating systems - Windows in October and BlackBerry early next year. The share of Windows phone grew to 3.5%, from 2.3%, in the latest quarter, largely because of its adoption by Nokia.

Windows was the fifth-largest phone operating system but was gaining on No 3 BlackBerry and No 4 Symbian.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-09 04:41

    Apple just has to increase the size of the iPhone screen slightly.

      jerzy.bondov.5 - 2012-08-09 08:10

      You mean like the Galaxy s3. Android rules.

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-09 11:56

      NO wonder Crapple are crapping themselves and suing Samsung and others

      PatPion - 2012-08-10 08:38

      The new iPhone will have a 4 inch screen.

  • lala.kunene - 2012-08-09 05:57

    Fred while complaining about the screen of the iPhone, got some info to share: iPhone Never remove the battery of the IPhone, its NOT like Blackberry that needs hard reset iPhones comes with micro sim..., however should you wish to use your current number, its easy, ask the guys at the store to cut your sim card as its only the Gold part of it that is important. #tip000 You can use Wi-Fi and iTunes in order to connect Wi-Fi is mostly available in restaurants, tertiaries, Hotels To activate iPhone, insert micro sim, select language, Wi-Fi needs password, can have a hot spot You’ll be able to connect through Wi-Fi or iTunes Beware that anyone can pick up you Wi-Fi Wi-Fi works with a distance, its about a couple of meters, make sure you not far from the source When activating, iphone. It will ask you for the Language, Country,Location #Tip001 -Inorder to locate your iPhone, incase got stolen or misplaced, log on to -Iphone got a feature that used to…called Mobile Me, changed on the 30th June 2012, now it is called iCloud. -iCloud got 5Gig -iCloud is a storage space -You can store things like emails, photos, documents,books -You can connect iCloud with ipad and Apple Mac but you must have apple ID just like blackberry when buying on app world must have ID

      Tony Lapson - 2012-08-09 09:15

      What useless information.

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-09 11:58

      Lala if you ate more meat you would have had the brain power to realize that your post has absolutely nothing to do with Freds post...

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-10-22 14:24

      Never remove the battery WTF have you ever seen an iPhone?

  • saffaseun.inoz - 2012-08-09 06:34

    Shame that not everyone can afford the iPhones.. guess android works best on all the el-cheapos out there.

      nektosha - 2012-08-09 08:02

      You are on the ball saffaseun,androids are cheaper than the iphone,its also easier to use ,faster,enjoy better support,more customisable.So to recap its faster,cheaper,easier to use,easier to customise ,better support. Mmmm you right does does work for me

      nun.chuck.7 - 2012-08-09 08:23

      I read an interesting article on gsmarena that stated that Apple earned 77% of the profits from smartphones last quarter, despite only shipping 6% of the industries smartphones. So 77% of market profit, from a 6% market share? What does that tell you? It tells me that the profit that Apple is making off each smartphone and tablet is so huge that they only need to convince a few fools that their product is better in order to make a tidy profit. Those iPhone prices are so hugely over-inflated for what you get, yet there will always for those people who think, "Well it's more expensive, so it must be better" or "Look at me, I can afford an iPhone!"

      Tony Lapson - 2012-08-09 09:18

      Nun chuck speaks the truth. It's funny to think that there are people out there who get the latest iPhone every year, just for a better camera and 1 extra feature?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-09 18:39

      @Saffaseun.inoz ~ You are spot on. That's why they hate Apple products. Oh the jealousy!

      jason.mcdonahugh - 2012-08-10 10:25

      seriously guys apple iphone 4 R7800 samsung galaxy S3 R7523, people arent buying android because its cheaper people are buying android because its BETTER.

  • bk.alefeng - 2012-08-09 08:19

    Apple is selling an idea that because it is a western brand, it is somehow "better" or "cooler" than any other phones. But other brands, Samsung for example, are selling good phones with a wide variety at good prices. Apple just need to cut the price of that little phone of theirs.

  • karabo.rakale - 2012-08-09 08:46

    A 1000 Android's VS 1 iPhone.

  • joe.gomes1 - 2012-08-09 09:28

    Until you have used an Iphone you do not know what it's like. I have had Nokias, Samsung, Motorola, BB and worst of all Sony Erricson, none have even come close to the Iphone. I have had mine for a year and not a scratch. Just like all the ipods in our household, the iphone will be passed down to my kids. Can't say that about other phones. They either disintegrated before the two year contract was up or had to be replaced. (Samsung, Sony and BB) Samsung is a bad copy of something that has changed the Cellular landscape, they have always copied others. Thats why they have so many models. It's the way of the east.

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-08-09 09:51

      While I agree with you on the qaulity of the build for the Apple products, I disagree with the copy statement. If I could choose my ultimate phone I would go with Apple hardware, running the latest version of Android.

      craig.a.salter - 2012-08-09 10:00

      I must disagree with you. I have been using a Sony Xperia for a few months now and i use to own a iphone. My Xperia has been providing me with better battery life and faster touch response. The only downfall i can find on Android is that it is VERY hungry for bandwidth. In the end it all boils down to user preferance

  • Werner Breytenbach - 2012-08-09 09:34

    It's like comparing a Mercedes to a Rolls. They both drive fast, they both look good. But a Merc will never be a Rolls.

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-09 11:59

      And an Crapple will never be an Android

  • thapelo.seretloe - 2012-08-09 10:14

    Why the hell do they compare thousands Android phones with 1 iPhone??

  • thabangfm - 2012-08-09 10:50

    Android RULES!!!! Buff Said

  • andrew.kannemeyer - 2012-08-09 12:36

    Samsung Rules!!!

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-09 18:39

      If you like cheap cr@p!

      boltonbarry - 2012-08-09 21:51

      Ill take the "cheap crap" that work better than your "expensive crap' any day of the week

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-09 23:41

      Boltonbarry aka cheapskate who wouldn't know quality if it bit him in the ass.

  • Jose - 2012-08-09 23:53

    Thats why Apple holds the greatest smart phone market share.... You are talking about Android as if it's the phone. It's an operating system used by cheap immigration patent stealing companies.

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