Android still king of the hill among smartphones

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Android still king of the hill among smartphones

About two-thirds of smartphones shipped globally in the second quarter ran on Google’s Android platform, data showed yesterday, further cementing its dominance over other operating systems.

Shipments of Android-powered smartphones totaled 104.8 million units in the April-June period, more than double the 50.8 million units sold the previous year, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).

That translates into the Android platform powering 68.1 percent of smartphones shipped during the cited period, up 20 percentage points from a year earlier, data showed.

Apple’s iOS came next with a 16.9 percent market share. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry OS and Nokia Oyj’s Symbian saw their shares tumble to 4.8 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 was one of the rare smaller players that saw its market share increase over the cited period.

It accounted for 3.5 percent of the market in the second quarter, up from 2.3 percent a year earlier, according to the data.

“Android continues to fire on all cylinders. The market was entreated to several flagship models from Android’s handset partners,” said Ramon Llamas, an analyst at IDC.

Some of the world’s best-selling models, such as Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S lineup, use Android OS.
Meanwhile, worldwide smartphone shipments amounted to 154 million units in the three-month period, growing 42.2 percent from a year ago, according to the data.


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