Android Continues to Dominate – Passed 50% of Global Market Share

February 18, 2012
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A report has just come out of the famous¬†research firm Gartner, that says¬†that¬†in the last quarter¬†of 2011, sales of Android smartphones¬†exceeded¬†50% market share globally.¬†Although¬†Google¬†has suffered¬†a slight decline in market share, sales¬†from the same¬†period last year increased from 30.5% to nearly 51% in Q4 2011, further gaining on its rival, Apple’s iOS.

Symbian has been losing ground rapidly since Nokia gave up the operating system in favor of Windows Mobile. However, Microsoft did not receive more than 1.9 percent, overtaken even by Bada which received 2.1% of sales. 

Samsung, as ¬†the most ‘valuable’ representative of¬†Android¬†phones, can be attributed for the high sales ratio in¬†the¬†second¬†half of 2011. Samsung sold about¬†92 million devices in the last quarter.¬†The customer appreciation regarding¬†devices¬†such as Samsung Galaxy¬†S2¬†was also felt, and¬†this year¬†we expect¬†the numbers¬†to¬†grow¬†with the release of Samsung Galaxy¬†S3 which will have Android on board as well.

More interestingly, we are starting to see some serious quality coming out of ZTE, and from Huawei especially. The devices we had the privilege of experiencing at CES from Huawei, including the Ascend P1, and the P1S we’re some of the best hardware we’ve yet seen to date. More competition, more quality, better prices. What’s not to love?

Of course, Research in Motion is lagging behind, putting BlackBerry on the 4th position, immediately after Symbian. It may be that the plan to populate the RIM BlackBerry App World with Android applications for their operating system will cause an increase in sales, in the future Рor not.

Anything stopping the Android freight train? I think not.

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