Even after facing dozens of lawsuits and being vulnerable to malware attack, Google’s Android operating system is still holding the fort.
According to a latest report by research firm Canalys, quarterly global Android smartphone shipments surpassed the 100 million mark for the first time.
Out of the 158.3 million smartphones shipped worldwide in Q2 2012, an astounding 107.8 million were Android based smartphones. In other words, two out of three, or 68.1% of all smartphones were powered by Google's operating system.
Apple and Nokia followed as the second and third-largest smartphone makers, with HTC taking fourth and RIM barely scraping in at 8.5 million units in Q2.
Android phones are made by a variety of manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, HTC and Motorola. It has been criticized for offering a more complex user experience than its competitors, but the company’s wide carrier support and large app selection is appealing to new smartphone customers.
The Android smartphone market has benefited from robust sales in China. With its 199% year-over-year smartphone growth, China helped drive overall shipments to 158.3 million units during the second quarter, up from nearly 108 million a year ago. Meanwhile, the overall market increased by nearly 50%.
Pete Cunningham, Canalys Principal Analyst said in a statement, "Growth in Android volumes of 110% far outpaced growth in the overall market of 47% year-on-year, heavily driven by Samsung, which saw Android volumes of over 45 million, contributed to by a full and broad portfolio of products, from its high-end flagship Galaxy S III down to its aggressively priced Galaxy Y and Galaxy Mini”.
Samsung led in the global market with 31% share and was followed again by Apple and Nokia, respectively. HTC, thanks to its strong showing in China, jumped into the No. 4 spot globally, followed by BlackBerry maker RIM in fifth position
Clearly, China and other developing markets are a huge opportunity for Android to become the de facto mobile OS there.
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