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The International Data Corporation (IDC) released its Q2 2012 data today, which shows Android maintaining a firm lead in both market share and overall shipments between April and June. Android’s market share has grown to 68.1%, up from the 46.9% it held at this time in 2011. iOS holds the number two spot with 16.9% of the market, while Blackberry continues its decline with 4.8%.

In terms of overall shipments, Android pushed 104.8 million during the three months. The surge, says  Ramon Llamas, a senior research analyst at the IDC, can be attributed to the release of flagship devices across multiple manufacturers (i.e. the HTC One series and the Galaxy S III from Samsung) as well as the rising prominence of Ice Cream Sandwich.  

The market was entreated to several flagship models from Android's handset partners, prices were well within reach to meet multiple budgetary needs, and the user experience from both Google and its handset partners boosted Android smartphones' utility far beyond simple telephony.

To put it in perspective, only 50.8 million Android devices were shipped during Q2 2011. A full breakdown can be found at the source link.

Source: IDC


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The IDC's quarterly numbers show Android leading in market share and shipments


I'm confused. I thought numbers just came out a few weeks ago that showed Android at around ~51% and Apple at ~32%. I'm sure it was different companies doing the "research" and obviously they are counting different things.

No wonder Apple is suing left and right since they are getting clobbered to death as no one wants a little ass watch phone with no customization

You do realize that the article you referenced shows Samsung increasing their % of the profits in the smartphone industry from 26% in Q1 to 37% in Q2, right? That would be an 11% increase in 90 days. That would also not include the Galaxy S3. You may also want to check your math. Five times the profit?

You do know apples q2 profit was 8+billion and Samsung’s q2 profit was 5+billion.. So if it was 5 times more than apples profit for q2 would be 25+ billion looks like your math is need of help.

His math is correct because he is saying that Apple is pushing less devices and making much more profit. He is talking about profit per device.

Yes but that was Samsung as a whole, not just Samsung Electronics. Looks like your Math is WRONG. LOL! Good try through. (Also 5% was just fun to throw out, to be serious its actually around 2.5% more then Sammy's profits) Its a killing ether way. Apple has been doing it with computers for years. Windows machines outsell Macs 10 to 1 yet Apple makes the most profits and sales are still growing, PC sales have stagnated.

So what your saying is that if you buy Apple products you're more of a sucker than the average Joe. That's got to be it since more than 50% of nearly every iDevice is pure profit.

That explains why an Apple computer costs 25-35% more than a similar spec'ed Windows computer. Only an idiot would pay that much more for a device that does the same thing. But hey, you pay for your stylish product and the rest of us will just stand over here in awe.

From your perspective Apple is getting clobbered, but from their perspective they are growing at 27% year over year.

So they will keep suing, because, like Jerry said a week or two ago, they can never stop doing that.

What will eventually stop Apple is when the carriers decide they are not going to pay Apple the huge prices and subsidies for a phone that is being out-sold by Android. So far, Apple has been able to avoid this and sells every phone it makes.