Android VS Apple

New research from market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) shows there are four Android smart phones for every iPhone that shipped (distributed) throughout the world in the second quarter of 2012.

“Android and iOS (iPhone) owned 85 percent of all smartphones shipped in the second quarter of 2012,” said IDC’s press release on its official site.

On the other hand, according to IDC, BlackBerry and Symbian are two pioneers and former leader of the smart phone market, the market share decreased to below five percent.

IDC noted that shipments of mobile phones Android operating system worldwide in the second quarter of 2012 totaled 104.8 million units, mobile phones Apple iPhone 26 million units, 7.4 million units of the BlackBerry, Symbian 6.8 million units, 5.4 million Windows Phone units, and Linux 3.5 million units.

Meanwhile, the market share of mobile operating system Android in the second quarter of 2012 at 68.1 percent followed by Apple’s iOS (16.9 percent), BlackBerry (4.8 percent), Symbian (4.4 percent), Windows Phone (3.5 percent), Linux (2.3 percent), and other mobile phone operating system (0.1 percent).

“The market appreciates a flagship model of Android phone manufacturers,” said IDC Senior Research Analyst Ramon Llamas.

Another IDC analyst Kevin Restivo, said although the majority of mobile phone users around the world are still using feature phones, the market share wars smart phone operating system is still far from over.

“There is still room for a number of owners of mobile operating systems to gain market share despite efforts will be difficult given the penetration of smart phones continues to rise,” said Restivo.


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