Android and iOS make huge gains in Q1 2012 as BlackBerry and Symbian slide: IDC

IDC’s global tally of smartphone OS marketshare has been released and it’s looking very good for Android and iOS. Google’s Android now holds 59% of the global share, with Apple’s iOS in second at 23%. Both operating systems had gains of 145% and 89% respectively from Q1 2011.

Of the 152.3 million smartphones shipped in Q1, Android accounted for 89 million and iOS for 35 million. BlackBerry share slid 30% to 9.7m shipments, while Symbian bore the brunt of the changing of the guards, falling 60% to 10.4m shipments. Both accounted for 6.8% and 6.4% market share respectively.

Windows Phone rose by 0.7m to 3.3 million shipments, a positive sign that Nokia’s Lumia line is making inroads in a very competitive smartphone market, but it is not keeping pace with the industry. Its overall share slid 0.3% y/y. Overall smartphone shipments rose by over 50 million units between Q1 2011 and Q1 2012, so it’s not surprising that Android and iOS were able to increase their lead so absolutely.

In the land of Android, as we’ve reported already, Samsung is king. It accounted for 45% of total Android smartphone shipments, a staggering number if you think of how many devices were sold in Q1.

With the Galaxy S III coming soon, and a newly-designed 4-inch iPhone in the fall, these numbers don’t appear to be changing any time soon; the gap is likely to widen further.

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Source: IDC
Via: PhoneArena