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Android, iPhone Account for 92% of Q4 Smartphone Shipments

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
    Seriously...without the stats, this is the obvious...
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  • fnh
    As a Windows Phone 7.5 user, I could only laugh at Microsoft's obvious failings.
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  • eternalkp
    why even put iphone in there?
    we all know android dominating the market
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  • LightningStryk17
    eternalkpwhy even put iphone in there?we all know android dominating the marketBecause 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
    @fnh
    As a Windows Phone 8 user, I could laugh at how great Microsoft did with it.
    Reply
  • halcyon
    In other news humans are considered mammals, breath in O2, and exhale CO2.
    Reply
  • bllue
    Too many iphones being sold
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  • robochump
    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
    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
    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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