Hooray, finally the statistics for market development are in! Gartner has released its report on the development of the mobile market in the second quarter of 2012. First, the smartphone: smartphones are on the upswing and now have a large share of the total volume of 36.7 percent – an increase over the same period by more than 40 percent.
The operating system Android is now well ahead of Apple’s iOS and has a market share of around 64.1 percent – compared to the same period last year, that number was up 20.7 percent (for comparison see the statistics of Q1 at the end of the article)! Even compared to last quarter Android has risen – even if by “only” about 8 percent. It is interesting that the growth of Android is only partly at the expense of Nokia’s Symbian, and RIM’s BlackBerry OS, which had 2.7 and 1.7 percent of the market share respectively. Apple iOS had a market share of 22.percent in the fall of 2012 and that number is now significantly less at 18.8 percent.
Also a notable point is that Microsoft’s Windows Mobile is finally on the upswing. The fledgling operating system from Redmond came up to 2.7 percent market share. In the first quarter, the number was significantly less at 1.9 percent. Nokia’s old OS Symbian is now only 5.9 percent. RIM’s BlackBerry OS lost 1.7 percentage points dropping to 5.2 percent, while Samsung’s Bada OS remained stable at 2.7 percent. We are currently moving, more and more towards an android-monopoly, if things continue this way.
In view of the pure sales of smartphones, it can be said that Samsung, with 90.4 million units sold and 21.6 percent market share, was able to consolidate its leading position. Nokia surprisingly managed to increase its overall market share thanks to feature-phone sales increase. From 19.8 percent in the first quarter, it went to 83.42 million mobile phones Nokia sold 19.9 percent in the second. Apple had to give up one percentage point, however, and came with just under 29 million iPhones sold to only 6.9 percent. While HTC and Motorola have been set back a bit, RIM and Sony lost a lot.
Here are the figures from Q1: