It’s been well documented that the two dominant operating systems for mobile devices have been Google’s Android OS and Apple’s iOS. Although this has been known for quite some time, we now have some new numbers by way of the IDC that shows just how dominant these operating systems are.
In Q2 2012, 85% of all smartphones that were shipped came with either Android or iOS. To break the numbers down even further, during this time frame, 68.1% of the market was held by Android while the remainder belonged to iOS. Android has grown and matured as an operating system and even though there have been some concerns about fragmentation, the OS has grown its market share from 46.9% which it had in 2011. In total, Q2 2012 saw the shipping of 154 million mobile phones.
A strong performance by Android and iOS does come at the expense of others and it was both Nokia and Research in Motion which suffered. RIM’s BlackBerry OS accounted for just 4.8% of the market and this was more then a 50% reduction from the 11.5% of the market that it held in 2011. In addition, RIM only managed to ship 7.4 million handsets during this time frame. Symbian also took a major hit and now owns just 4.4% of the market, less then one-third of the 16.5% of the market it had in 2011.