Android Continues to Soar as Blackberry Plummets – HispanicBusiness.com
Android has continued its rapid rise in the global smartphone rankings and now accounts for 25.5 per cent of smartphones sold, according to a report issued Wednesday by research firm Gartner.
The Google-based free operating system still lags behind the 36.6 per cent market share enjoyed by Nokia’s Symbian platform, but that, too, is probably only a question of time, because Android grew from a 3.5-per-cent market share just a year ago.
In the same time period, Symbian’s market share fell from 44.6 per cent, while Apple’s iOS system, which fuels the iPhone, slipped to 16.7 per cent from 17.1 per cent.
The big loser in the period was Research in Motion’s Blackberry, which fell to a 14.8-per-cent market share from 20.7 per cent last year.
Some 417 million phones were sold in the third quarter, up 35 per cent from a year earlier. Nokia still dominated, though its share declined to 28.2 per cent from 36.7 per cent a year ago. The other top cellphone sellers were Samsung at 17.2 per cent, LG at 6.6 per cent, Apple at 3.2 per cent and RIM at 2.9 per cent