The latest IDC numbers are in and they seem to further confirm the trends not just only for those who closely follow the numbers but also for those who follow the industry and what happens in this fast-moving world. Not much has changed at the top of the mobile world, in terms of top six smartphone Operating Systems; Android and iOS are sitting comfortably in the highest positions.
Google and Apple have both consolidated their position. Android has a market share of 59.0% in 2012 Q1 (growing from 2011 Q1′s 36.1%, with increased shipments from 36.1 million units to a whopping 89.9) while Apple has grown the market share if iOS to 23% from 18.3% (shipping 35.1 million units versus 18.6 last year). Samsung accounted for 45.4% of the total Android-based smartphone shipments and the iPhone 4S keeps the numbers high for Apple.
Windows Phone is recording a decrease in market share from 2.6% last year to 2.2% this year, but an increase in shipped units from 2.6 million in 2011 to 3.3 million in 2012 (probably due to the fact that people are now leaving their old Windows Mobile devices behind — though the chart above seems to combine both platform.)
Symbian and BlackBerry seem to be losing some more ground. The Nokia platform’s market share fell 19.2% and devices shipped were 16 million less than last year while Research in Motion’s market share fell 7.2%, selling 4.1 million units less.