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Old 08-08-2012, 08:46 PM
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Default 85 percent of smartphones sold in Q2 2012 ran Android or iOS



According to a new report from market research firm IDC, 85 percent of smartphones sold during the second quarter of 2012 ran either Android or iOS. Android, of course, accounted for the vast majority of that figure with 68.1 percent market share, while iOS was at a much smaller but no less respectable 16.9 percent.

BlackBerry continues to hold on to third place with 4.8 percent market share, but RIM is rapidly losing ground to other operating systems like Windows Phone, which is currently sitting at 3.5 percent market share for the second quarter of 2012. But while Windows Phone’s market share may be small, its momentum is growing. The OS recorded a 277% increase over the previous quarter.

Believe it or not, Samsung actually accounted for 44% of all Android sales – more than the next seven Android OEMs combined. On Windows Phone, however, Nokia led the charge. Will anything be able to rival the Samsung/Android juggernaut?

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The 277% increase is a tad deceiving, I'm afraid. Sure, the number is big, but with that increase it's 3.5% of market share? That means that 277% increase is roughly 2.6% of the market share. Good to see a jump, and I hope it keeps up, parity is a good thing, but it's a modest increase.

I'm not surprised Samsung and Nokia are the tops of their respective fields. Nokia is the only WP7 manufacturer that I think did a good job marketing the device, and Samsung has such a plethora of devices across just about any carrier I can think of, it's hard to compete with that. Besides, they do have probably the most recognizable (to the general public) device line, the Galaxy I, II, and III, including the tabs. Then there's the players that us here of course know of, though the public doesn't really. You can't say the same for manufacturers like Huawei and HTC.
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The Windows Phone 3.5% also includes the old Windows mobile users (perhaps half).

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