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Android and iOS combined for the highest percentage of the smartphone market ever in Q2

The latest statistics for Q2 2012 for the smartphone market are in from research firm IDC. The numbers show that Google and Apple own 85% of the smartphone market overall. IDC reports that that represents a new combined high for the two operating systems.
"The mobile OS market is now unquestionably a two-horse race due to the dominance of Android and iOS," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "With much of the world's mobile phone user base still operating feature phones, the smartphone OS market share battle is far from over. There is still room for some mobile OS competitors to gain share, although such efforts will become increasingly difficult as smartphone penetration increases."
While Google and Apple smartphone operating systems grow, BlackBerry and Symbian both saw their market shares drop below 5%. Individually, Android has 68.1% of the smartphone market shipped during Q2. Comparatively RIM (BlackBerry) shipped 4.8% of all smartphones while Nokia (Symbian) shipped 4.4%. Microsoft sits in the fifth spot with 3.5% of the market putting it behind Symbian.
"Android continues to fire on all cylinders," said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Phone Technology and Trends program. "The market was entreated to several flagship models from Android's handset partners, prices were well within reach to meet multiple budgetary needs, and the user experience from both Google and its handset partners boosted Android smartphones' utility far beyond simple telephony."
Apple owned 16.9% of the smartphone market with iOS during the quarter. It continues to be impressive that Apple command such a large portion of the smartphone market with so few products. IDC reports that demand for the iPhone 4S has waned since rumors have suggested that the next generation iPhone will hit the market early next month.  

Source: IDC

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RE: So Apple is 19.2%
By Tony Swash on 8/8/2012 5:05:45 PM , Rating: 1
Already comvered , but here we go again. 2 things with this. 1. Apple makes one phone. There are dozens of Android models in that same period. This is the STRENGTH of the Android platform, not the weekness. 2. IOS updates are not much of updates. Look at IOS in the past 4 years. It hasnt changed much. Look at Android in the past 2 years. It was far inferior to IOS, now it not only caught up, but surpassed it. In other words. IOS 3 to IOS 6 is a small jump. Android 2 to 4 is a huge jump.

Feeble. Not getting system updates is feature not a bug. Really feeble.

RE: So Apple is 19.2%
By retrospooty on 8/8/2012 6:40:54 PM , Rating: 2
"Feeble. Not getting system updates is feature not a bug. Really feeble."

Updates, are not the Android platforms strength, variety is. With most people inthe US upgrading every 13 month on average, its really not much of an issue. You make it like its a huge thing, because of course its Apple advantage, but it isn't.

I was also pointing out that an OS update for Apple isnt much of an update. They just rev it up yearly, regardless of the additions to it. IOS 6 could easily be called IOS 2.4. To do a minor OS update for 2-3 phones is easy. To do a major OS upgrade to 50+ phones is not. That's all I am saying.

RE: So Apple is 19.2%
By Reclaimer77 on 8/8/2012 6:57:17 PM , Rating: 2
You would think that with Android gaining market share every quarter, they would stop pretending that the update situation is paramount. But..alas.... 2+2=7?

RE: So Apple is 19.2%
By retrospooty on 8/9/2012 8:13:19 AM , Rating: 2
Well, you have to hold on to what you got. And if your an Apple fanboy these days, you dont have alot left. Every couple of months that goes by takes another item or two from the Apple win column to the Android side. What's left? Apps store/Developer support and legacy device upgrades... So hype them up like there is no tommorrow. Clearly those are the two most important things to all smartphone buyers ;)

RE: So Apple is 19.2%
By elleehswon on 8/9/2012 3:54:39 AM , Rating: 2
..yea, and a iphone 3gs has the same functionality as the 4s.....lolololololololololololol. here, we upgraded your phone to the newest version of IOS. It has a bunch of features your phone doesn't support, but hey, it's the newest version, right? It also made your 3gs slow down to a crawl so you can buy a new one!! Great, huh?
(apparently the "magic" leaked out of the battery and clogged up the bus lines.) Again, this is good because you need to buy a new phone now.

Tony, your response is feeble.

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