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According to the IDC, Android accounts for 59% of all smartphone sales worldwide.  This is a healthy jump from last year when Android accounted for 36.1% of smartphone sales.  iOS is second, with 23% of sales.  Last year the two smartphone OS's owned 54.4% of the market combined, ​so this is impressive growth.  Android showed a 145% year-over-year change, at the expense of Symbian, which went from 26% in 1Q11 to just 6.8% in 1Q12.

Samsung is the big winner here, accounting for 45.4% of all Android smartphone sales.  This is due in no small part to the success of the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note, both of which have racked up impressive sales numbers.  With the looming launch of the Galaxy S III Samsung is showing no signs of slowing down, either.

Source: Business Wire

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sirheck says:


MOTH477 says:

Nice to see andriod increasing market share. On a different note 145% does not exist and is incorrect. IMO the appropriate and correct way to say this would be "Compared to last year, Android's market share increased by 1.45." My math teacher must be proud of me now!

daveloft says:

Year over year growth is always shown in percentages. 100% is a doubling of what was done in the previous year. So if you grew more than double from the previous year then you would have above 100% growth. 145% does exist, it is correct and your teacher would definitely not be proud of you.

yea, what he said

EvilMonkey says:

What they said. You math teacher would probably be rubbing his or her eyes while doing a facepalm.

aleis says:

I suck at math i just want to say LMAO!!

You could say "increased by a factor of 1.45", but that sounds weird.

MOTH477 says:

I just called my Math teacher..."Wikipedia" and he/she said I was wrong so I stand corrected.

icebike says:

What doesn't exist is "three times less".

You often see that construct in journalism these days when they mean "one third". From a mathematical standpoint this makes no sense at all. Just hurts my brain even thinking about it.

Riebs says:

Reminds me of this one: If the temperature is 0 degrees, what would twice as cold be?

moretrifles says:

Your maths teacher called...

You're late for your lesson on percentages.

Raikon says:

android ftw!


So if Android is #1 in smartphone sells why is the Iphone still getting all the best apps first?

DougB541#CB says:

1. MUCH better development environment.
2. iOS users pay for apps much more often (hence higher profits for developers on iOS than Android.
3. Consistent platform since they only have to target a very small number of hardware/screen resolutions.

Lanhoj says:

"higher profits" only applies to games above 1.99$. Games priced at 1.99$ & under actually tend to make less money than their ad-supported counterpart.

ipod touch and ipad also count as users for iOS.  Android is pretty much just smartphones with some tablets thrown in there.

jrod986 says:

Because of compatibility issues between so many phones. I imagine devs also make less money on Android because iPhone owners seem to be more open to actually spending money on apps.

IceDree says:

I hope Symbian burn in hell !!!

rovex says:

I dont. I liked symbian, i had 8 symbian phones. Symbian went wrong when it went touch screen. I loved my N95 8GB, still a great phone even now and the camera is better than 90% of phones out there even today.

lan2cp says:

Let me get this straight. Since Android accounts for 59% of all smartphone sales worldwide and Samsung accounts for 45.4% of all Android smartphone sales, you can say that Samsung accounts for 26.79% of all smartphone sales worldwide. Meaning that Samsung sells more phones than Apple at 23%??

trenchkato says:

I agree with this logic... didnt check the math though

Yes....but we already knew Samsung was #1 in phone sales.

lan2cp says:

I didn't, thanks. :)

XavierMatt says:

Exactly, I just hope this SGS3 sells well.

Incubus123 says:

Well... seeing as the S3 already has more than 9 million pre-orders.. id say it's doing pretty well.. ;)

randyw says:

As Apple falls further behind they are wondering who to sue next.

moretrifles says:

They are litigating against you as we speak - you said their name.

You must never say their name...

HeCareth says:

Well lets see how "amazing" the iPhone5 is, their marketing team has already started to infect people minds, with the news of Apples design chief saying, "this will be the most amazing device ever."

Its funny, because Apple says that everything the release a new device. Isn't the point of releasing a new device for it to be the best device of the previous?

moretrifles says:

That's how *pple work.

Their iSheep will stand in unison and say "we obey", whilst the Android owners will point at them and laugh.

mhmmdy123 says:

No wonder Apple got pissed of Android!!! Google charging Apple for Google map and Android eating the big share of the market... Way to go Apple and good luck with your IPhone6... Lets skip the IPhone5 for now.