Surely OS don`t a good smartphone make, or is it? Mobile operating systems have clearly amassed a fat chunk of the smartphone market, plus a lot of users down the line, with tech giants like Google and Apple at the top of the food chain. But which mobile OS dominates the arena?
Here are research firm IDC`s top operating systems based on worldwide smartphone unit sales and market share in the third quarter of 2012.
And the leading mobile OS is…
— 136 million units, 75 percent share (57.5 percent a year earlier)
Google`s Android mobile operating system powered three out of every four smartphones sold in the third quarter. The strong sales boosted Android`s share of the worldwide smartphone market to 75 percent, from 57.5 percent in the year-ago period.
Shipments of Android-based smartphones made by Samsung, HTC and other vendors have nearly doubled in the third quarter, reaching 136 million units.
While Android pulled further ahead of Apple`s iOS, its gains have come mainly at the expense of rival operating systems Blackberry and Symbian.
— 26.9 million units, 14.9 percent share (13.8 percent a year earlier)
Apple`s share of the market increased to 14.9 percent during the third quarter, from 13.8 percent a year earlier. Apple`s iPhone uses the company`s iOS mobile software.
— 7.7 million units, 4.3 percent share (9.5 percent a year earlier)
Research in Motion`s Blackberry operating system had 7.7 percent share in the third quarter, compared with 9.5 percent a year earlier.
— 4.1 million units, 2.3 percent share (14.6 percent a year earlier)
Symbian, which had 14.6 percent share a year ago, had a 4.1 percent share in the third quarter. Smartphone maker Nokia still offers the Symbian software in some of its phones, but the company has largely shifted to Microsoft Corp`s software.
Window Phone OS
— 3.6 million units, 2 percent share (1.2 percent a year earlier)
Mobile versions of Microsoft`s software accounted for 3.6 percent of the smartphone market in the third quarter. But IDC said that the recent launch of the new Microsoft Phone 8 operating system could improve its position in the fast-growing market.
Lynx Mobile OS
– 2.8 million units, 1.5 percent share (3.3 percent a year earlier