Android Army

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Canalys is in the business of counting things. Things like how many of each make of smartphone gets shipped, and what operating system runs on them. We're glad they do it so we don't have to, and they do a great job keeping everyone abreast of how the market breaks out for each category they measure by. They have released the tally for Q4 2012, and as expected, Android continues to dominate the market. In Q4 of last year, 70-percent of all smartphones shipped were running some flavor of Android on them. If you've been following along, you're not surprised.

What is surprising is some of the other facts one can get from their latest report. Like the fact that of all phones shipped during the quarter Android was running on 34-percent of them. That means that one of every three phones sold are smartphones running Android, and that's important. Android was designed to get the Internet into the hands of the people. To get them to ditch their "dumb" phones (I hate that label) and step up into an entry level smartphone. Seeing Android at 34-percent of the total means that people are doing just that -- ditching the old messaging phone for something more fitting the 21st century. These are the phones we forget about, or ask "why?" when we see them getting released. We shouldn't. They are important phones for the future of Android.

Another little-talked about fact from today's report? Huawei is now in the number three spot (behind Samsung and Apple, in that order) of smart phones shipped. Look out for them -- they will be coming in hard and have some awesome things to show us.

For the rest of the numbers and where everyone places in the race for market share, hit the source link and check out the report.

Source: canalys


Reader comments

Canalys: Android accounts for 70% of smartphone market and 34% of all phones shipped in Q4 2012


The link says Android accounted for 69.2% of smartphones shipped not 70% and that the number actually DIPPED from 74%. Don't like that.

It's just because of the i5 release. Don't worry, the numbers will grow back and will probably be at over 80% by Q3 2013.

Thy probably won't as it works, i don't know why people need frequint change of look to think that OS is better. Android changed UI so much (since insides really didn't change much same as iOS) as they searched for UI identity which iOS had since very begining, and they find it in 3.0 and 4.0, just look how chaotic pre-3.0 apps looks like. All iOS needs is more features.

Besides last thing that develops wants is dramatic UI changes forcing them to redesign there UIs from ground up

Android's UI identity is actually innovation, that is why we Nexus users look forward to every update. I need to go post that in the vzw community forums now, where everyone is bitching about vzw not updating the nexus their

what's Android's market share when counting ALL the smartphones in existence
on this planet? (not just the number of units shipped in Q4)

This can't be true, I just saw Apple propaganda that said they outsold Samsung in Q4, obviously this is purely propaganda from the Android side to counteract that from the Apple side...