Google’s popular mobile Operating System Android continues to dominate the smartphones sector in this quarter as well – a trend that has been continuously being observed since the past few years.
According to a new report by research firm IDC, Android has managed to increase its market share from 69.1 percent back in the same period in 2012 to 79.3 percent this year! This steep increase has obviously come at the expense of other smartphone platforms – including Apple’s iOS and BlackBerry Inc’s BlackBerry OS. During this same period, the market share of Apple slid from 16.6 percent back in Q2, 2012 TO 13.2 percent in the second quarter this year.
Despite some high profile launches from BlackBerry earlier this year, the market share of BlackBerry laden devices decreased from an already low 4.9 percent in Q2, 2012 to just 2.9 percent in Q2, 2013. Devices like the Z10, Q10 and the Q5 which were launched a few months ago seem to have had no positive impact in BlackBerry’s fortunes so far. Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform saw a marginal increase in its market share from 3.1 percent in Q2 last year to 3.7 percent this year. As you might have already guessed, the lions share of Windows Phone devices are by Nokia which commanded 81.6 percent of all Windows Phone shipments during Q2, 2013.
A surprise entry into the list this year was Linux which managed to garner 1 percent of the entire market with various flavors of operating systems based on it. Even though Android can be technically termed a Linux based platform, IDC considers it as a separate entity. As for Linix, it could be possible that we might see a rise in the its share next year with platforms like Firefox, Tizen, and SailFish expected to launch later this year.