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Android, iPhone Account for 92% of Q4 Smartphone Shipments

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Both platforms cumulatively shipped just under 200 million smartphones.

Android and iOS accounted for more than ninety percent of all smartphone shipments during the fourth quarter of last year. According to data released by Strategy Analytics, the two ecosystems accounted for a record 92 percent of worldwide smartphone shipments within the Q4 2012.

Android shipped on 152.1 million smartphones, a considerable increase compared to the 80.6 million shipped in Q4 2011. The market share for Google's mobile platform, meanwhile, increased to 70 percent from 51 percent. Android vendors shipped almost half a billion smartphones in 2012.

The iPhone shipped 47.8 million smartphones during the last quarter, giving it a 22 percent market share. Comparatively, Apple sold 37 million smartphones in Q4 2011.

"Android is clearly the undisputed volume leader of the smartphone industry at the present time," said Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston. "Android's challenge for 2013 will be to defend its leadership, not only against Apple, but also against an emerging wave of hungry challengers that includes Microsoft, Blackberry, Firefox, and Tizen."

"The worldwide smartphone industry has effectively become a duopoly as consumer demand has polarized around mass-market Android models and premium Apple designs," added Strategy Analytics analyst Scott Bicheno.

The industry shipped 217 million smartphones in the last quarter, a 38 percent increase on the 157 million shipped in Q3. During the whole of 2012, 1.6 billion phones were sold, with smartphones contributing 700 million to said figure, which is an increase of 209.5 million compared to the 490.5 million shipped in 2011.

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    john15v16 , January 29, 2013 2:05 PM
    Seriously...without the stats, this is the obvious...
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    fnh , January 29, 2013 2:08 PM
    As a Windows Phone 7.5 user, I could only laugh at Microsoft's obvious failings.
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    eternalkp , January 29, 2013 2:41 PM
    why even put iphone in there?
    we all know android dominating the market
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    LightningStryk17 , January 29, 2013 3:10 PM
    eternalkpwhy even put iphone in there?we all know android dominating the market

    Because 22% is still a very large number of phones, especially when you consider that iOS platform is 100% closed.

    And of course Android will dominate the market, its 100% free and open, anybody and there mother can make an android smartphone.
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    evan1715 , January 29, 2013 3:10 PM
    @fnh
    As a Windows Phone 8 user, I could laugh at how great Microsoft did with it.
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    halcyon , January 29, 2013 3:19 PM
    In other news humans are considered mammals, breath in O2, and exhale CO2.
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    bllue , January 29, 2013 3:54 PM
    Too many iphones being sold
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    robochump , January 29, 2013 4:53 PM
    LightningStryk17Because 22% is still a very large number of phones, especially when you consider that iOS platform is 100% closed.And of course Android will dominate the market, its 100% free and open, anybody and there mother can make an android smartphone.


    Android is not 100% free. Believe it or not Microsoft gets some licensing fees from Android OS because of proprietary software within it.
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    becherovka , January 29, 2013 5:32 PM
    I hope Windows phone can take some share of the market (from iphone). It would be good to have at least two good options.
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    wingartz , January 29, 2013 6:31 PM
    becherovkaI hope Windows phone can take some share of the market (from iphone). It would be good to have at least two good options.


    my bet is BB10
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    gogogadgetliver , January 29, 2013 7:09 PM
    evan1715@fnhAs a Windows Phone 8 user, I could laugh at how great Microsoft did with it.


    wp8 rocks. You can pry it from my cold dead hands. Google and Apple will have to make some drastic OS improvements for me to consider them again.
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    phate , January 29, 2013 8:13 PM
    robochumpAndroid is not 100% free. Believe it or not Microsoft gets some licensing fees from Android OS because of proprietary software within it.


    False, MicroSoft does extort fees from some Android manufacturers. Others do not pay anything, and MS has not attempted to extort Google yet. They tend to only go after smaller fish who have a harder time defending themselves.
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    gogogadgetliver , January 29, 2013 8:48 PM
    phateFalse, MicroSoft does extort fees from some Android manufacturers. Others do not pay anything, and MS has not attempted to extort Google yet. They tend to only go after smaller fish who have a harder time defending themselves.


    Small fish like HTC and Samsung... oh wait.. those are the two largest sellers of Android aren't they? Not surprised you went there though. Your word 'extortion' belays your bias. These are legal licensing agreements.
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    abbadon_34 , January 29, 2013 10:43 PM
    Seems like this headline repeats every couple days just reworded. But I guess there's no real news to steal when a certain someone's bookmarks are all Apple websites
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