Manufacturers installed Android on 9.1 million smart phones shipped in
Worldwide, manufacturers shipped 20.3 million
Android phones in the third quarter. That was up a whopping 1,297
percent from the same period last year and gave Android 25.1 percent of
the global market. That put it second to Symbian, sponsored by
Android market share grew at the expense of Symbian's — and that of every other major smart-phone operating systems, according to Canalys' data.
It's difficult to see anything slowing Android's momentum in the near term, said
"It's easy to see how that accelerates the rise of Android," Jones said.
Canalys' research echoes that of
NPD attributed Android's rise in part to strong
sales of a growing number of high-end phones, such as the Motorola
Droid X. And much of the software's market share gains have come out of
the share formerly held by
Although Apple sold 91 percent more iPhones in the third quarter than it did in the year ago period, it merely held its own in the two market share reports, thanks to the rapid growth of Android phone sales. According to Canalys, Apple's iOS, which among smart phones is exclusive to the iPhone, captured 26.2 percent of the U.S. smart-phone market in the third quarter. That was up from 21.7 percent in the second quarter, but down from 28.2 percent in the same period a year earlier.
Worldwide, iOS had 17.4 percent of the market. That was up from the second quarter, when iOS held 13.5 percent, but down from the year-ago period, when it held 17.8 percent.
Apple did, however, have something to crow about. Among smart phones shipped in
NPD said Apple did well, considering that the iPhone is only available through
"That will be an interesting dynamic to see playing out," he said.
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