A study performed by market-analysts IDC showed that more than eight out of ten smartphones shipped in the first quarter were powered by the Android or iOS operating systems.
Out of the 152.3 million smartphones shipped during the first three months of 2012, Android-powered ones had a market share of 59% while iOS phones had 23% of the share. Around this time last year, both operating systems only had a total market share of 54%.
"The popularity of Android and iOS stems from a combination of factors that the competition has struggled to keep up with," said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Phone Technology and Trends program. "Neither Android nor iOS were the first to market with some of these features, but the way they made the smartphone experience intuitive and seamless has quickly earned a massive following."
While Android and iOS smartphones experienced a great increase in the market, both Symbian and BlackBerry OS-powered devices saw a steep decline in their market shares.
Symbian saw 10.4 million units shiped in Q1 2012, accounting for 6.8% of the total market share. Overall, this was a staggering 60.6% drop from its previous 26.4 million unit shipment this time last year, which was a market share of 26%. The decline is due to the fact that Nokia has started to transition most of its phone to the Windows Phone OS.
Despite being many companies' choice for smartphones, the BlackBerry OS continued its decline in marketshare, going down to 6.4% from 13.6%. Last year, RIM shipped about 13.8 million units and saw that number drop to 9.7 million units this year. The demand for older BlackBerry devices has decreased, as many of the customers are awaiting the announcement of the BlackBerry 10 OS.
Although Linux and Windows Phone had an increase in unit shipments in Q1 2012, they both saw a decrease in their market share. Linux shipped about 3.5 million units this year (mostly in China) while Windows Phone shipped about 3.3 million units.
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