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

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.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer

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.

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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