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Thursday, November 11, 2010

A quarter of new smartphones run Android, says Gartner report

A new report from Gartner has revealed the operating systems used in the last quarter's smartphone sales. It says a total of 417 million mobile phones were sold in the third quarter of 2010, up 35% from Q3 2009, with smartphone sales accounting for 19.3% of overall mobile phone sales. That's a 96% increase on smartphone sales from the third quarter last year, exceeding 80 million devices.

Once again Symbian was the most-used operating system in those smartphones, although its 36.6% market share was down several percentage points from last year. In second place with 25.5% was Android, while in third place with 16.7% was Apple's iOS.RIM was fourth and Microsoft was fifth.

Roberta Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner, said "Smartphone OS providers have entered a period of accelerated platform evolution, stimulated by more regular product releases, new platform entrants and new device types. Any platform that fails to innovate quickly — either through a vibrant multi-player ecosystem or clear vision of a single controlling entity — will lose developers, manufacturers, potential partners and ultimately users."

Mobile OS

Units sold to end users
Q3 2010

Market share

Symbian

29,480,100

36.6%

Android

20,500,000

25.5%

Apple iOS

13,484,000

16.7%

RIM BlackBerry

11,908,300

14.8%

Microsoft Windows Mobile

2,247,900

2.8%

Linux

1,697,100

2.1%

Other OS 1,214,800 1.5%

[Source: Gartner (November 2010)]

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