Android has increased its dominance over the smartphone market, according to new data from IDC. But despite controlling more than two-thirds of shipments in the second quarter of 2012, Android could see a renewed surge from Apple in Q3 as the iPhone 5 goes on sale.
As reported by the Associated Press, 104.8 million smartphones with Android installed were shipped in Q2 2012. That gave it a 68.1 percent share of the total smartphone market that quarter, up from 46.9 percent a year earlier.
Apple, meanwhile, shipped 26 million iPhones for a 16.9 percent share, slightly down from 18.8 percent the previous year. Apple typically sees a decline in the second quarter as customers anticipate the latest iPhone, usually released in the fall. This year, Apple said it processed 2 million reservations for the iPhone 5 on the first day it was available, September 14.
Android’s success came largely at the expense of other smartphone makers. Research in Motion shipped 7.4 million BlackBerry handsets for a 4.8 percent share, down sharply from its 11.5 percent share in Q2 2011. The Symbian operating system experienced an even more precipitous fall; Nokia and others utilizing Symbian shipped 6.8 million units during the quarter for a 4.4 percent share, down from 16.9 percent a year earlier.
Windows saw a slight uptick in its user base. Windows Phone 8 devices accounted for 5.4 million shipments, or a 3.5 percent share, up from 2.3 percent in Q2 2011. With the release of Windows Phone 8 in Q3 2012, Microsoft hopes to expand its market share significantly.
Linux-based phones made up 3.5 million units, or a 2.3 percent share of the market, down from 3 percent last year. Other smartphones accounted for just 0.1 million shipments, or a 0.1 percent share, down from 0.5 percent in 2011.
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