It’s just another day at the office for Android handsets, kicking everybody else’s behinds. According to research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), Android-powered handsets maintain their commanding lead over Apple’s iOS devices and others in the global smartphone market for Q3 2012.

Out of the 181.1 million smartphones that were shipped in Q3, Android handsets accounted for 75% of the total shipments with 136 million units shipped. It’s a significant improvement over the last report, which puts its market share at 68%.

IDC research manager Ramon Llamas said that Android continues to become to “growth engines of the smartphone market” and has “effectively outpaced the market” since its arrival in 2008.  No prize for guessing who the biggest manufacturer is that has been dominating the landscape in the past year.

Apple sits in second place with 14.9% of the market share, down from 17%. The iPhone maker managed to ship 26.9 million smartphones in Q3. The recent release of the iPhone 5 should provide a nice boost to its numbers in the last quarter of the year.

RIM’s Blackberry and Nokia’s Symbian are next on the list with 4.3% and 2.3%, respectively. Only 7.7 million Blackberry handsets were shipped in the quarter, but this was better than Symbian’s 4.1 million units. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7’s market share grew to 2% with 3.6 million units.

What do you think of the numbers? Will we see even better results for Android handsets in Q4?

Bams Sadewo
Sade has an addiction, and it is incurable. Being as furiously addicted as he is mobile technology, it's only natural that he would want to work with the best Android site in the world. He scours the internet at all hours of the day and night to bring you the freshest, most interesting news on the rapidly expanding world of Android!
  • Michał Ostrowski

    Holy hell, there were half a mil Symbian phones shipped than WP7 ones… unbelievable

  • Q4 will be interesting with the shipments of iPhone 5 and Win8 kicking in, clearly no-one would be keen on buying the old stuff with the new releases so close.

    • oldman60

      Consumer were buying Android phones with ICS 4.0, jelly bean 4.1 while 4.2 is just out. No! that was not the main reason. Q4 will be even better for Android.

  • jonathanbond100110’s twin

    Symbian won Windows Phone?!

  • Matt Neithercott

    17 was iPhone volume, not share. iPhone share also went up, though not anywhere near as much!

  • 2eurocents

    Okay, smartphone world domination complete. Now Google, put Linux, call it Android if you like, on everyone’s tablet and notebook as well.

  • syaman

    “Apple sits in second place with 14.9% of the market share, down from 17%.” Erm according to the chart, Apple’s mark share grew slightly from 13.8% right. Android’s gains have been largely at the expense of Symbian and Blackberry


    But of course. ..