Android winning against Apple in smartphone market
|15 Aug 2012 10:25 BST||Back|
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Android devices outsold iOS ones by more than three to one in the second quarter of 2012, according to a report by Gartner.
Android had 64.1% of the market (up from 43.4% in Q2 2011) while Apple stood at 18.2% (a slight increase from its 18.2% in the same quarter last year).
Android’s growth is at the expense of Nokia’s Symbian OS, down from 22.1% of the market to 5.9%. Research in Motion’s BlackBerry has also seen a decline in market share, down from 11.7% to 5.2%.
Samsung is the top smartphone manufacturer – it sold 45.6 million handsets in Q2 2012, compared with 28.9 million for Apple iPhones.
The Samsung Galaxy S III launched in later May, which means that it was a high point for Android while Apple sales fell victim to iPhone 5 rumours.
Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, admitted that the wait for iPhone 5 was affecting sales.