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Google’s Android software for mobile devices was running on 75 % of smartphones shipped in the third quarter, from 57.5 % in the year-ago period, as the search company extended its lead over Apple, according to research firm IDC.

Apple’s iOS system, used in iPhones, was second with a market share of 14.9 % from 13.8 % a year earlier. Apple’s new iPhone didn’t come out until late in the quarter, while Samsung Electronics Co. and other Android makers had major releases earlier.

“Android has been one of the primary growth engines of the smartphone market since it was launched in 2008,” said Ramon Llamas, a research manager for mobile phones at IDC. “In every year since then, Android has effectively outpaced the market and taken market share from the competition.”

Android powered three out of four smartphones shipped worldwide in the recently ended third quarter as the Google-backed mobile platform dominated the market, IDC said.


Android OS is free & consistently updated for enhanced performance by Google. Many small, medium & big handset manufacturers install it along with their unique UI. This has become a craze with students & the employed. you can be well connected through email, gtalk, use GPS, wifi & use the lacs of free & Paid apps like whatsapp viber etc to further enhance the experience. All these features can be had for as low as 135 $ to 650 $ onwards. 🙂

whereas Apple does not license its iOS system to others and the IPhone’s premium product comes with high quality so it is expensive and compete with top of the line phones.

Here are IDC’s top operating systems based on worldwide smartphone unit sales and market share in the third quarter of 2012.

1) Android (Google Inc.) — 136 M units, 75 % share (57.5 % a year earlier)

2) iOS (Apple Inc.’s iPhone) — 26.9 M units,

14.9 % share (13.8 % a year earlier)

3) BlackBerry(Research in Motion Ltd.) — 7.7 M units, 4.3 % share (9.5 % a year earlier)

4) Symbian(Nokia Corp.) — 4.1 M units, 2.3 % share (14.6 % a year earlier)

5) Windows(Microsoft Corp.) — 3.6 M units, 2 % share (1.2 % a year earlier)

6) Linux — 2.8 M units, 1.5 % share (3.3 % a year earlier) 🙂

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AUTHOR: Vikas Hiran
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