Android has taken a stranglehold on the smartphone market in Q3, at least according to research firm IDC. According to the report, Android locked down 75-percent of the market, coming in way ahead of iOS, which had only 14.9-percent. To put that in actual numbers, about 181 million smartphones were sold, and of those, 136 million were Android.
BlackBerry came in third, although its marketshare was much lower at 4.3-percent. Symbian, Windows, and Linux, the other competitors, add up to a little over 5-percent. Clearly, Android has the smartphone market locked down firmly, and the market share keeps growing each time one of these reports come out.
IDC’s Mobile Phone Research Manager Ramon Llamas sums up the numbers very well; “Android has been one of the primary growth engines of the smartphone market since it was launched in 2008. In every year since then, Android has effectively outpaced the market and taken market share from the competition.” According to Llamas, operators, vendors, and users embracing the mobile OS is a major reason for the growth of the platform.
Year-over-year, Google's mobile OS saw a 91.5-percent increase. Samsung was the number one brand of Android smartphones. At this time last year, Android had 57.5-percent of the market. That's a lot of market growth in a really short time. At this point, it's clear that Android is here to stay.