IDC: Android continues to rule the smartphone world in Q2 2012

IDC: Android continues to rule the smartphone world in Q2 2012

Summary: Symbian used to lead the smartphone market with over 60%, but that honor now goes to Android. Android has more than 50% over the second place position held by iOS.


Last week Zack wrote about the IDC figures for mobile phone vendors and today IDC issued their report on smartphone mobile operating systems. The IDC figures closely match those from Canalys reported last week with Android clearly dominating the smartphone market while Apple remains solidly in second place.

Android remains at 68.1 percent with iOS at 16.9 percent, according to IDC, while Canalys had these figures at 68.1 percent and 16.4 percent. BlackBerry follows closely in third with Symbian right on their heels. Windows Phone is trending up, but figures still show 3.5 percent with some Windows Mobile sales still included in this figure.

Chart: Worldwide Smartphone OS Market Share, 2Q 2012Description: Tags: Author: IDCcharts powered by iCharts

It is pretty incredible to read that Samsung contributed to 44 percent of Android's success while seven other vendors took up the rest of the 24.1 percent. I wrote yesterday about HTC and how they aren't helping out that much with this figure. It is also impressive that iOS still showed double digit growth, 27.5 percent, given that the iPhone 4S is nearly a year old now. BlackBerry is down 40.9 percent while Symbian is way down 62.9% to just 4.4% of the market.

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  • And Windows Phone is nowhere to be found

    Either in the chart or in users' hands.
  • Go Google

    Dominance baby! :-)
  • apple and google = good thing

    As an android fan, I still think its good that we have closer to a 50-50 situation between on mobile, with iOS. Uses seem devoted to either with good compelling reasons, not like where you *have* to have windows because the programs you need run on it. The days of windows 95% share on the PC were not good.
  • Sad about Symbian/Nokia

    because it directly translated into losses for Nokia. Had Elop simply let Windows Phone battle with Symbian/Meego at Nokia (even with some staff cuts to those two platforms) Symbian would have gone down slowly and Windows Phone probably would have gone up about the same, farily insignificant, amount. It would have given Windows Phone the time it needed to mature, would have been better for all of Nokia's suppliers so they can transition to new OSes/hardware, etc...
    Sadly this is a case where "ripping off the bandage" caused the wound to be reopen and the patient is the worse for wear.
    Some point to Windows 8 coming this Fall. I fear that those sales numbers are still not going to make a signficant dent. Windows 8 will likely be the beginning of a fairly mature platform, but not sure that there are enough users looking for to switch away from Apple or Android to make a difference. With no Physical Qwerty Keyboard phones that I have seen announced (this could change), Windows Phone (and Nokia who does Physical Qwerty better than anyone) won't even get a steady stream of those exiting the Blackberry ship.
  • The Exciting Climax Approaches

    Looking at the chart, it's almost possible to believe in the Heroic Rescue of Nokia by Stephen Elop. Next quarter is going to be a bear, but eventually they run out of Symbian to decline anymore. At that point things start to climb. The question is whether they've run out of cash by then.

    Of course, all it's going to take is for Samsung to put Windows Phone on the Galaxy 3 hardware, and it's "Bambi Meets Godzilla" time. Too bad so sad, RIP Nokia.
    Robert Hahn
    • Loyalty ?

      You seem to be saying that you think Symbian/Nokia owners will gravitate toward Windows Phone. I was a Nokia owner for 4 models in a row. Looked over the Nokia offerings for 12 months (Symbian, Meego, and Windows Phone). Found them to be lacking (Symbian and Meego primarily because they were going away. Windows Phone because it was still attempting to mature and lack of upgrade plan from Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8). Chose a Samsung Galaxy Nexus (unlocked ) so I can use on AT&T or Tmobile as well as in Europe (took it to England shortly after buying it and bought a SIM over there to meet my travel needs). Very happy with it. There may be some Symbian fans who will go the Windows Phone route as they transition away from Symbian and toward Windows Phone, but I think recent evidence (numbers showing little Windows Phone success) indicates that many previous Nokia customers will opt for something besides Windows Phone.
  • Just like computer time....

    We are seeing the same moves and domination that during the computer OS war.
    my predictions?
    Android: 70%
    iOS: 20%
    Windows Phone: 10% (but for how long...)

    Concerning the participation of the success of Android it is a yearly change (last year we talked mainly about HTC, this year about Samsung and next years... I bet on Huawei or ZTE as they will propose cheaper phones that will be accessible to most of people around the globe...)
    Samsung will for sure keep it's part of the cake on high-end devices (as they have an impressive task force and they can decrease product development cycle by manufacturing most of components they are using on their devices...)

    RIP BlackBerry, they should have adopted Android train too and differentiate with Corporate specific features, today, with the speed of new features, developments, user habits changes etc... its hard for a unique company to manage all aspects from hardware to OS and apps (that's what Nokia concluded by going via Microsoft for OS part as they can't maintain Symbian alone...)

    As mentioned above, I'll not say RIP Nokia (at least, not right now), their reign on smartphone market since decades shows that they were able to make good hardware and market them in a correct manner so I don't think they lost their "MoJo" but they need to adapt to Microsoft way of doing thing and that's the hard part as Microsoft will do its way (Nokia used to guide Symbian dev but seems to not have any "control" on Windows Phone OS)

    Nice swaps in view during this long run ;)

    Will Apple keep its "Magic" working on people forever?
    Will Google continue leading Android OS dev and proposing more and more innovations?
    Will David NokiaSoft be able to survive to those 2 Goliaths?
    Mohamed Hamdouni
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  • My Predictions:

    My Predictions:

    Android: 90% [PC share]

    iOS: 8% [Mac share]

    Windows Phone: 2% [Linux share]

    Give it 2-6 years.

    And finally Linux will have
    it's revenge against Microsoft..

  • Apple is actually losing market share:

    Apple is actually losing market share:

    from 18.9% to 16.4%

    Finally people are now realizing
    that iDevices are actually inferior
    to Android's best offerings:

    iOS VS Android

    There is no 4G
    no widgets
    no you can't drag and drop media
    no 3D camera available
    no ability to swap batteries if case you forget to charge your phone
    no expandable internal memory
    no great design, looks like brick with round 4 corners
    no bigger display available
    no new models at affordable prices
    no hardware qwerty keyboards available
    no memory card slot for SD cards
    no third-party on screen keyboards
    no automation apps
    no customizable app launchers
    no Near Field Communications (NFC)
    no file managers
    no accessible mass file storage.
    no flash support for the Web browser
    no you can't use your own sound as a ringtone (without a 12 step convoluted process),
    no loading of any app from different app stores or from internet downloadable files
    no easy way to transfer files to the iPhone. Because there's no way to transfer them via iTunes, you'll have to e-mail files to yourself to access them on the iPhone
    The FF camera is only .3 megapixels on the iPhone 4S & New iPad