Google’s Android OS that runs on various handsets including HTC, Motorola, Sony and Samsung, is now the most widely used operating systems among the smartphones. It appeared on 43.4% of the new smartphones that were sold in the last three months.
Last year it accounted for just 17.2% of the market but this year, out of the 107.7 million smartphones shipped in three months, 46.8 million had Android OS.
Android is now the leader in mobile OS, overthrowing Nokia’s Symbian, whose market share has almost halved from the same period over an year ago. It now accounts to just 22% of the mobile OS market.
Apple’s iOS is approaching the Nokia’s Symbian with 18.2% market share.
Looking into the statistics, Google and Apple are the clear market leaders as their combined market share has almost doubled to 62% as compared to 31% share of last year.
Even though this quarter, Nokia has sold the maximum number of handsets, it’s market share has fallen from what it was last year.
The second most selling handset is Samsung, followed by LG.
Surprisingly, even though Apple announced the launch of iPhone 5, sale of iPhone 4 doubled this quarter to the same period last year.
RIM, the manufacturer of Blackberry handsets, saw a decline in their market share by 12%. The company also lost its number 5 position in mobile device vendors to ZTE.
From the trend, it seems that Google would soon be the market leader in mobile industry soon. With the success of its OS, it might as well try once again to bring a revolutionary handset to compete with the iPhone. Only time will tell…