Aug 08 AT 12:15 PM Nick Gray 38 Comments

Android Q2 sales capture 68% of global smartphone market

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If anyone still doubts that Android is the dominant force in the smartphone sector, the latest IDC figures should be enough to convince them. The research claims that Android accounted for 68.1% of global smartphone sales in Q2 of this year, up from 59% in the first quarter. Collectively, Android OEMs sold over 104 million devices, representing a 108% year-over-year increase.

While Android’s surge is welcomed, Samsung’s dominance within the sector could spell trouble for other Android OEMs. According to IDC’s numbers, Samsung was responsible for shipping 44% of all Android devices in Q2.

Apple’s iOS powered devices still command a strong second place position, but Apple’s sales in Q2 were relegated to just 16.9% of global smartphone sales. With the next iPhone not expected to hit the market until the fourth quarter of this year, Apple could see its market share take another steep dive.

Do you think Android will continue to grow in Q3 and Q4or will Apple stage a comeback once the next generation iPhone is unveiled?

Top Smartphone Operating Systems, Shipments, and Market Share, Q2 2012 (Units in Millions) 

Operating System

Q2 2012 Shipments

Q2 2012 Market Share

Q2 2011 Shipments

Q2 2011 Market Share

Year-over-year Change

Android

104.8

68.1%

50.8

46.9%

106.5%

iOS

26.0

16.9%

20.4

18.8%

27.5%

BlackBerry OS

7.4

4.8%

12.5

11.5%

-40.9%

Symbian

6.8

4.4%

18.3

16.9%

-62.9%

Windows Phone 7 / Windows Mobile

5.4

3.5%

2.5

2.3%

115.3%

Linux

3.5

2.3%

3.3

3.0%

6.3%

Others

0.1

0.1%

0.6

0.5%

-80.0%

Grand Total

154.0

100.0%

108.3

100.0%

42.2%

Via: The Verge

Source: IDC

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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