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IDC: Android and iOS control 85 percent of the smartphone market

08 August, 2012 | Read the news | Post your comment
IDC: Android and iOS control 85 percent of the smartphone market - read the full textWe've already seen IDC's numbers on tablet market share for Q2 2012, but now it's time to see how they judge the performance of smartphone OSes. It comes shortly after the Canalys' take on the situation and there are no surprises, just a better look at what's going on. Android and iOS combined...


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I work in a Philippine company that requires everyone to leave their phones in "pigeon holes" before entering the work area. You see all sorts of phones - about 200. The statistics in the article is just about right. There were a few Nokia WP phones when the local telco started offering them. Of course everyone knew the owners since they were curious about the new phones. Well about 3-4 months these owners returned to android and iPhone. No more Nokia except some old feature phones.

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  • 2012-08-09 16:35
  • v0qu

1 good way for nokia to fight back apple and samsung is by sales nokia price 30% cheaper...

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  • 2012-08-09 12:51
  • RJiT

Andriod only have so much of it though because of the amount of handsets they have on the market compared to ios and wp.

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  • 2012-08-09 11:55
  • Mx@E

Android keeps groing at a phenomenal rate and shows no signs of slowing down. Our biggest share of sales is certainly android in our store, and throughout our company. Apple have had their hayday, they now have to fight for the right to be the best. And they arent winning that fight. Windows phone has only grown because its market share was near 0% Hard to shrink from there. Its not a contender yet, hopefully one day as it gives my customers one more option worth considering,,, but not yet...

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  • 2012-08-09 11:41
  • M3s@

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-08-08 19:03 from p770 - click to readAs if there is any ground breaking features in iOS6. It took them 5 years to get the feature of call rejection.

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  • 2012-08-09 11:28
  • sG$4

Does anyone else find it remarkable that Nokia's dead platform Symbian still ships a similar number of units to Apple (18.2 million v 20.4 million)? Despite that, they have a fraction of the market share so they must be selling a lot of phones at something like a tenth of the price of Apple's phones. This is not accounted for by the rock bottom priced AT&T phones because they were windows phones.

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  • 2012-08-09 11:06
  • PVqZ

> In reply to Windows Phone Fan @ 2012-08-09 09:29 from PZTV - click to readWindows Phone ruined Nokia.

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  • 2012-08-09 10:53
  • 0Ea0

> In reply to Nasser @ 2012-08-09 08:29 from J1EM - click to readthe most funniest comment i read soo far on GSMarena hahaha.
you made my day dude. thanks :)

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  • 2012-08-09 10:33
  • Sq6W

how about you add this field to the article table
"QoQ market growth" field.
Blackberry OS________-__58.3___%
Grand total_________-+__0______%

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  • 2012-08-09 09:44
  • 3RM{

Future is looking strong for Windows Phone.
We are told to like tiles and it's shows we do.

Go Nokia under Elop!
We never wanted to upgrade our lumias to WP8 anyway.

We Wait for you to release a new HD screen WP8 handset.

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  • 2012-08-09 09:29
  • PZTV

Sure Android is on the top, I am so lucky that, last time I burn my iPhone the moment I got Samsung Galaxy S3.
I didnt even think to sell it, because I dont want any other people to have such crap phone, so then I decided let it go to hell.


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  • 2012-08-09 08:29
  • J1EM

> In reply to Only-solid-OS-fan @ 2012-08-09 02:11 from 6sxX - click to readHow can there be competition when apple wants to be the only ones in the smart phone market? Because they will take anyone to court who try to challenge them!

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  • 2012-08-09 08:19
  • fnXx

Isn't Android also from Linux?

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  • 2012-08-09 07:45
  • t7Xr

i only love the version symbian as its fun to usse...

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  • 2012-08-09 05:57
  • tUdx

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-08-09 01:07 from ThI{ - click to readI guess congratulations goes to Google then for making their product more accessible.

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  • 2012-08-09 05:41
  • Fv4$

though small in share, 115% of increase is HUGE!

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  • 2012-08-09 05:29
  • v0qJ

Is there linux OS for smartphones ? Never knew that.Isn't android based on the linux kernel anyways ?

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  • 2012-08-09 04:32
  • fkVx

USofA controls the market now.. what a surprise.

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  • 2012-08-09 03:35
  • 7Ei5

thats bad news : quality products are generated because of competition thats how the market of goods work. If there are only 2 players in smartphone market quality will not get better .
the consumers will have better quality products when there is more competition.

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  • 2012-08-09 02:11
  • 6sxX

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-08-09 01:07 from ThI{ - click to readAndroid users are :) they always talking about shipped devices and marketshares.

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  • 2012-08-09 02:00
  • p77u

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