Feeds

Android: Google's baby ate 75% of smartphones in just 4 years

Walking corpse BlackBerry still doing OK on inertia

A new approach to endpoint data protection

Seventy five per cent of smartphones sold in the last three months were running Android, according to IDC, though the iPhone 5 could well be to blame.

The figure comes from the company's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, and covers July-September inclusive, so Apple's decision to launch a new iPhone on September 21 has obviously skewed the figures a little, but it's still a significant share for a platform which was only launched four years ago.

Android was launched in September 2008, as a free OS to complete with Apple's iOS and, then dominant, Symbian. But Android isn't just gaining ground 'cos it's free - the latest Android devices can complete with Apple's flagship in usability and style, not to mention costing almost as much.

136 million Android devices were shipped in the third quarter of 2012, according to IDC, pushing iOS into a distant second place with fewer than 27 million devices shipped. Symbian, for all its impending death, still managed to outsell Windows Phone by shipping 4.1 million, well over the 3.6 million devices running Microsoft's latest foray into mobility.

Speaking of the walking dead - 7.7 million users chose BlackBerry handsets, showing surprising loyalty to a platform in cardiac arrest which isn't expecting the resuscitating paddles of BlackBerry 10 until early next year.

It's not that surprising that Android is outselling iOS as a platform, given a choice between last year's iPhone and a low-end, but new model, running Android the majority seem to side with Google. The iPhone 5 will redress the balance slightly, but Apple will remain happy with fifteen percent of the world's mobile-device business. ®

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration

More from The Register

next story
PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Fiendishly complex password app extension ships for iOS 8
Just slip it in, won't hurt a bit, 1Password makers urge devs
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Cloudy CoreOS Linux distro declares itself production-ready
Lightweight, container-happy Linux gets first Stable release
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?