Android loses market share in strong Apple Q4
Android and Apple's iOS together accounted for 75% of the smartphone market
IDG News Service - Android lost smartphone market share for the first time, as Apple had a great fourth quarter buoyed by the launch of the iPhone 4S, according to data from market research company Gartner.
Worldwide smartphone sales to end users increased to 149 million during the last three months of 2011, a 47.3% increase from a year earlier, Gartner said.
Android is still the most popular operating system, with a market share of 50.9%. The Android camp, headed up by Samsung Electronics, sold 75.9 million phones, but that wasn't enough to prevent a drop from the 52.5% market share the OS commanded during the third quarter.
Apple sold 35.5 million smartphones to end users, which made it both the biggest smartphone vendor and the third-largest overall phone maker in the world. It had a smartphone market share of 23.8%.
This was due to strong iPhone sales, driven in particular by the iPhone 4S sales in mature markets and the weakness of key Android vendors as they struggled to create differentiated devices, according to Gartner.
Symbian was the third-largest smartphone operating system, with a market share of 11.7% and 17.5 million phones sold. Sales of smartphones based on the platform are dropping faster than expected, Nokia said when it presented its results for the fourth quarter.
Despite new devices and improvements on Symbian's user interface, it has become clear that Nokia will not be able to continue relying on Symbian and needs to move even faster to Windows Phones, IDC's Francisco Jeronimo said at the time.
Nokia still has a lot of work to do before the move to Windows Phone can be considered a success. A total of about 2.7 million Windows Phones were sold in the fourth quarter, including 1.3 million Nokia Lumias, according to Roberta Cozza, principal analyst at Gartner.
That means Samsung's Bada OS is still bigger than Windows Phone, as Samsung sold 3.1 million phones running Bada.
Ahead of Bada and Microsoft is Research In Motion's BlackBerry OS, which had a market share of 8.8 percent thanks to the sales of 13.2 million phones.
Total smartphone sales in 2011 reached 472 million units, up 58 per cent from 2010.
Send news tips and comments to email@example.com
- Workload Change: The 70 Percent of Your Business DevOps Forgot Adding WLA early in the development process ensures that the benefits of DevOps accrue for all applications, including your batch services. This paper...
- Oracle EBS and RAC Performance & Elasticity on Vblock™ Systems VCE Vblock™ Systems provide simple, low-risk solutions for migrating from a physical to virtual environment.
- Backup and Recovery of Oracle EBS on VCE Vblock™ Systems This solution architecture describes the key features and benefits of backup and recovery in the virtualized Oracle EBS on Vblock Systems with EMC...
- Zero Downtime Migration for Oracle EBS R12 with RAC on Vblock™ Systems The validation testing of a typical customer configuration outlined in this white paper, utilizes a virtualized Oracle EBS environment. The results illustrate that...
- The Key to Happiness: Throw out Your Data Warehouse In this webinar, Kerry Reitnauer, Director, Solution Architect at FairPoint Communications will discuss the challenges the data warehouse brought, how they migrated to...
- Building Tomorrow's Data Center with Converged Technologies A number of forces are converging: the cloud, converged infrastructure, big data and fabric architectures to name a few. All Data Center White Papers | Webcasts
Our new bimonthly Internet of Things newsletter helps you keep pace with the rapidly evolving technologies, trends and developments related to the IoT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!