IDC: Android holds 75% worldwide smartphone market share in Q3, Apple’s iOS holds 14.9%

November 2, 2012
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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?

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