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Android rules global smartphone share

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 01 Aug 2011 23:05 User comments (13)

Android rules global smartphone share Android has now taken almost 50 percent of global smartphone market share.
According to research firm Canalys, strong growth in the Asia-Pacific region has helped the smartphone OS to become the top platform in 35 of 56 countries tracked with 48 percent share overall and 51.9 million units shipped.

Apple remained in second place, at 19 percent, after shipping a record 20.3 million iPhones last quarter.

BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion continued its multi-year slide, falling to 12 percent from 33 percent share last year.

Windows Phone 7 brought up the rear at 1 percent share.

Samsung saw strong growth on Android devices, shipping 17 million devices on the back of strong Galaxy S sales. The number was a massive 421 percent larger than last year.

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13 user comments

12.8.2011 0:37

There is something very wrong with this article...it says android has 48% and that Apple (presumably they mean iOS) is in second place...then it says that Samsung is in third...but samsung makes Android devices, so how can they be third in a list of operating systems that shows their operating system as #1?



22.8.2011 7:40

I would have to agree that this is a bit of a 'non-article', it doesn't make sense in quite a few ways unfortunately.



32.8.2011 10:03

Yep, the original article says nothing about Samsung. I guess it's a typo, maybe a mistake when copying and pasteing. Original article is here:

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=155057


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42.8.2011 10:08

OK, here they do mention Samsung, so maybe it was an editing mistake when trying to summarize the info, after all:

http://www.canalys.com/newsroom/android-takes-almost-50-share-worldwide-smart-phone-market

Now, reading the full-lenght news, it makes more sense.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 02 Aug 2011 @ 10:08

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52.8.2011 10:41

Correct Story:

Of the devices sold LAST QUARTER, here are the top operating systems:
Android Top OS
iOS Second
Symbian Third
Blackberry fourth
Windows dead last by a huge margin

As for brands sold, the article doesn't make it terribly clear...they don't give numbers for some of them, making the validity of anything this company says highly questionable.

62.8.2011 22:42

@dali....Thx. for the links


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73.8.2011 6:03

@Mrguss, you're welcome.

@Killerbug, the article has been corrected here. :)


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85.8.2011 9:28

Originally posted by KillerBug:
There is something very wrong with this article...it says android has 48% and that Apple (presumably they mean iOS) is in second place...then it says that Samsung is in third...but samsung makes Android devices, so how can they be third in a list of operating systems that shows their operating system as #1?


What is so difficult to understand? The article initially states the figures by way of % of the market - comparing Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows.

The line about Samsung simply states the company's actual performance which is sales of 17 million devices - a 421 % growth on their previous year / period sales figure. When you talk about 421 % GROWTH it would mean 5.21 times the sales from the previous period. LOL! Oh I forgot this is Math101.

95.8.2011 11:06

@pmshah, if you'd keep on reading the rest of the comments before starting your rant against other user, you'd had seen that the article had been edited and hence corrected AFTER we said it was redacted wrong. The original just made no sense at all.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Aug 2011 @ 11:08

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105.8.2011 23:45

Originally posted by dali:
@pmshah, if you'd keep on reading the rest of the comments before starting your rant against other user, you'd had seen that the article had been edited and hence corrected AFTER we said it was redacted wrong. The original just made no sense at all.
Excuse me if I missed the original article. The text in the article does not indicate anywhere that it was edited / corrected. Perhaps the author needs a refresher in English - to be precise !
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117.8.2011 12:23

@pmshah, you are right, it says nothing in the article itself saying it had been edited. I just thought that it could've been figured out from our posts, but maybe not. So, sorry, don't take it personal.


"You know, it seems that quotes on the internet are becoming less and less reliable." -Abraham Lincoln.

128.8.2011 0:05

Originally posted by dali:
@pmshah, you are right, it says nothing in the article itself saying it had been edited. I just thought that it could've been figured out from our posts, but maybe not. So, sorry, don't take it personal.
I never do unless it is literally and physically - face to face.

Just like they used to have in the hard copy versions of books they should have - Errata - showing both the original as well as the corrected post. But then it would just show how bad the original contributor / poster is!

138.8.2011 8:05

Agreed. That doesn't happen a lot in AD, though. But, still, humans will eventually make mistakes. In this particular case, as forementioned, I think it was an error when copying, pasteing, and putting paragraphs together, because the original article was claiming that Android was 1st, iOS was 2nd, and Samsung, with its Galaxy S, 3rd. There was, obviously, a missing part between the 2nd and the 3rd, which belongs to another chart listing phones, instead of operating systems.


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