Nov 15 AT 3:34 PM Dustin Earley 14 Comments

Gartner’s Q3 report shows Android doubled market share in one year; iOS, BlackBerry, WindowsPhone all down


Gartner has just released their latest research report on smartphone operating system market share after Q3, and the numbers are surprising.

In just one year, Android’s market share has doubled from 25.3% to the current 52.5% share of the total market. Without even comparing those numbers to how rival companies fared, owning half of all market share is astonishing. In Q3 2010 over 20 million Android devices were sold. This year that number tripled to 60 million. Much of Android’s growth can be attributed to the growth of the market overall, along with Android’s wide availability, but a fair share came from its competitors.

Nearly every major operating system has slipped in market share since Q3 2010. That includes Nokia’s Symbian (16.9%), Apple’s iOS (15%), RIM BlackBerry (11%), Microsoft’s WindowsPhone (1.5%) and everyone else lumped into the “others” category (0.9%). The only platform other than Android with numbers on the rise is Samsung’s Bada OS, up to 2.2% from 1.1% last year. According to Gartner, that means Bada has a higher market share than Microsoft, who has sought out alternative ways to profit from the smartphone industry.

These numbers will all surely change once Q4 is over and done, but don’t expect much¬†fluctuation. There’s no way anyone could totally put a stop to the kind of momentum Android has gained. It’ll be interesting to see how the iPhone 4S, Mango and RIM’s latest BlackBerry affect Android’s market share.

Via: Cnet

Source: Gartner

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Eduardo Mauricio Aliaga

    It will be good to see Android continue to dominate. Samsung’s bada growth is a surprise.

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  • devine

    Thats sad that buda is passed MS smh

  • bruce080

    I think it’s about time I start developing android apps.

    • r1ch

      Think this is a wise move for A LOT of developers. With the recent Android 10 Billion app promotion, people will have their cards registered – I didn’t buy an app for about 18 months and but in the last 6 months I’ve bought a dozen.

      I’m also so completely fed up of the word fragmentation. It seems to be a go-to excuse for businesses or developers to ignore Android without even trying. 95% of Android devices are running at least Android 2.2 and have a common feature set. Okay if you want to support 100% of Android devices you’re going to have your work cut out but seriously, it’s not that hard.

  • @BiGMER F

    well the streak continues…

    • bruce080

      Or should you say.. the Dell Streak continues…

      • Dustin Earley

        Probably not.

  • Nathan

    Yea and Microsoft is making made money because of this. They make me sick, but it’s nice seeing android kill the competition.

    • Daniel Hedblom

      Well, its not certain that Microsoft really make any money out of Android. Some believe that the only thing Microsoft has gotten out of the agreements with HTC and Samsung is their continued efforts into the failed Windows Phone platform. That is, they was threatened with a drawn out patent battle if they didnt accept to keep churning WP7 phones out.

  • phil

    Hi, the social media buttons on left of the article do not work as expected. they seem to post some odd private image icons to my profile (Like FB button) instead of the featured post image. Can you fix it please?

  • Marcus Nolasco

    Doesn’t surprise me. Android is just that awesome!

  • Deepak @ MCX Tips

    i m also the android phone
    awesomeee man…!!!

  • pritams

    go droid go…