One in four Britons own an Android phone

One in four Britons own an Android phone

Summary: With half of all Britons now owning a smartphone, Android now powers half of those sold. Where does it leave the other big-name mobile operating systems?

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New figures show that just under half of the UK's population owns a smartphone, with Android powering half of all smartphones sold, according to new marketshare figures released today by Kantar ComTech.

But instead of the mobile operating systems going head-to-head in marketshare war, the real battle is between which Android handset manufacturers have the most sales: HTC, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson.

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At 43.8 percent, nearly half of the British population own a smartphone, with 49.9 percent owning an Android powered smartphone. Research in Motion's BlackBerry marketshare accounted for 22.5 percent, with Apple's iPhone dropping from 33 percent a year ago to 18.5 percent this quarter.

Yet, only a few days after Nokia held its annual conference in London, the British public are week-on-week rejecting the Finnish manufacturer's phones, as Symbian scrapes just above 6 percent of sales, compared to 20 percent a year ago.

HTC mopped the floor with the other Android handset makers, holding its UK handset marketshare at 44.8 percent, with Samsung at 37.9 percent, up from last year, and Sony Ericsson holding out for leftovers.

Sony Ericsson, the joint venture by mobile giant Sony and telecoms firm Ericsson, which recently announced it would split after a 10-year pact, saw its mobile marketshare drop from 20.5 percent last year to 8.5 percent this quarter.

Samsung has yet to achieve the same levels of share as it has in the United States, with one in four U.S. smartphones owing to the Korean phone firm. Globally, Samsung remains the world's largest maker of smartphones.

In just 18 months, Android has achieved the most used mobile operating system in the UK at present, swallowing the Symbian platform all but completely, and forcefully pushing aside major players, like BlackBerry and Apple's iOS.

Growing exponentially since mid-2010, there has been a sharp rise from around 8 percent to 30 percent the following quarter, with iOS, Symbian and Windows Phone all tumbling in marketshare, with the exception of the BlackBerry operating system, which gained slightly.

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  • RE: One in four Britons own an Android phone

    HTC rocks. If they can only get their Android tablet pricing to reasonable levels they could become a major player in the next gen, post-pc computing market.
    dsf3g
  • RE: One in four Britons own an Android phone

    I have tried 2 Android phones now and they suck! They have cheap looking apps and the apps feel cheap when using them. As for the OS it seems to lag when you get apps set up on it. I would never get an Android phone again. The iphone and Windows phones are way faster and smoother. The windows phone apps are very smooth and look great. The Iphone we all know it is smooth and most the apps look good.
    imsimsj
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      Upset iOS fanboy detected. . .
      Rigel.628
    • RE: One in four Britons own an Android phone

      @imsimsj I find iOS looks old fashioned. As for "smooth", I would say the iPhone is glacially smooth - the Settings app takes over 10 seconds to load on my 3GS!

      I think it is a toss up between Android and WP7. Neither stutter, both are good, but in different ways.

      As to apps, the key apps I use look pretty much the same on all 3 platforms.
      wright_is
      • RE: One in four Britons own an Android phone

        @wright_is

        Yep. My iPhone 3GS feels slow also. But at least Apple lets me load iOS v5 on it. If you got the "flagship" Nexus 2 years ago you will not be able to load up Android v4 on it.
        raleighthings
    • RE: One in four Britons own an Android phone

      @imsimsj

      How dull. TO buy a phone and all you can talk about is 'app' this and 'app' that ... Grow up and give someone a call, it is a phone after all.
      strangefruit
      • RE: One in four Britons own an Android phone

        @strangefruit I do call people on my phone. Haha! I use the phone for my job and I some days I spend 30 min out of each hour on the phone. Some days I am working from 8AM to 11PM. As for the apps there are a lot of apps I use to do work and keep up with family since I am at work a lot! So where you call a person a talk for a little I use my phone all day in every way. Thanks for your thoughtless reply!
        imsimsj
  • RE: One in four Britons own an Android phone

    They are dead in the water.
    slickjim
  • RE: One in four Britons own an Android phone

    Will EVREYONE talking about market share make it clear if they are talking recent sales or installed base.
    raleighthings
  • RE: One in four Britons own an Android phone

    Wow, they are smart over there! Not only they prefer android to iPhone, they also ignoring samsung! Very impressive!
    corwin1681
  • RE: One in four Britons own an Android phone

    No wonder UK is number 1 target for cyber criminals... A lot of people don't realize that Android has pathetic security and is riddled with malware...<br><br>The android run will be over soon...
    owlnet
    • RE: One in four Britons own an Android phone

      @owlnet

      Stupid people using gear they don't understand are always at risk ... how are you doing? These iScare stories are just lame.
      strangefruit
  • RE: One in four Britons own an Android phone

    Zach,
    Please allow me to clarify a couple of points.
    [I]Samsung has yet to achieve the same levels of share as it has in the United States, with one in four U.S. smartphones owing to the Korean phone firm.[/I]
    Yet the story you linked to inside the first table we see that Samsung owns 25.5% of all phones, in the US. Not just smartphones. In that same story, the 2nd table says that Google's platform is at 41.8% and Apple's at 27%.

    [I]Globally, Samsung remains the world???s largest maker of smartphones.[/I]
    Yes they are the number one maker since they ship the most. Yet that story you linked to says nothing about actual sales. In fact Samsung hasn't disclosed its actual sales anywhere.
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  • RE: One in four Britons own an Android phone

    Now that is a worry...... Will the rest of THE SHEEP follow?
    ucdailoi@...