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IDC: Android Turns Four Years Old, Claims 75% of Q3 Market Share

A very happy birthday, indeed. Yesterday, industry analyst firm IDC, released their Q3 market share findings. Coming as little surprise these days, Android was found on three out of every four handsets (75%) that were sold during the third quarter of 2012, which is a staggering statistic for the OS being just four years old. Coming in at a very low second place is Apple, with a total of 26.9 million units shipped at 14.9% of the market. 

Shown above is the chart for growth rate over the last four years. To sum it up, in 2008, Android held a total of 0.5% of the market. Now in 2012, it grasps 68.2% with shipment totals reaching 333.6 million plus to date. Google doesn’t intend to slow down either, with the launch of their brand new Nexus lineup. Exciting times for Android.

Via: IDC

  • EvanTheGamer

    YES SIR, that’s right!

  • Tristan Cunha

    Two points that kind of get missed when focusing on the 75% number:

    1. That’s 75% of a bigger market. 181m phones in the Q3, vs 121m in Q3 last year, that’s a 50% year over year growth rate. And Android is capturing a larger percentage of that growing market (or possibly driving the growth in that market).

    2. Android’s daily activations are way up. 136m phones in 3 months (92 days) is around 1.5m new activations a day. The last we heard it was 1.3m/day, and that number was up from 1m/day only a couple months back (and blows everything else out of the water).

    Not only is the smartphone market growing very quickly, but Android’s share of it is growing very quickly too. Right now the OS’s growth stil fits a classic exponential growth curve, and is easily on track to hit 1 billion users (which would more than double the total number of android users) by this point next year.

  • Kevin Swaney

    Speedy, i’ll be your huckleberry. I highly doubt that android has blown up so large because of garbage prepaid phones being sold at the dollar store. You can actually give apple credit for it due to there business model coupled with their arrogance. The average person just got smarter than apple and realized that something far superior is and continues to be available.

  • philnolan3d

    Isn’t the market share at 75% now?

  • Relevant: Can you please tell me what the hell that little white ball is for that came with the Cry-ON. I haven’t been able to figure it out since I opened mine a few weeks back.

    • SchwannyT

      Haven’t you ever wondered what makes the shaking sound inside a spray paint can….? Well now you know

    • dadllum

      Shake a spray paint can… it makes that clanking noise. I believe it’s supposed to be the ball inside spray paint cans that help mix the paint.

    • Guest

      Make sense. Thanks guys.

  • PyroHoltz

    So does 4 on the Nexus 4 refer to; the fact that it’s the 4th Google phone, its (roughly) 4″ screen (compared to the Nexus 7 and 10) or the fact that Android is now 4 years old (kinda the same thing as the 4th Google phone though)?

    • Emilio Fahr

      I believe it’s the 4″ screen.

    • TylerChappell

      In all actuality it could be both when you consider that the first Nexus was the Nexus 1. And while the Nexus S was the “S”econd or the “S”amsung Nexus (Or a homage to their original Galaxy S line at the time), that works too.
      Seeing as how the Galaxy Nexus was the 3rd Nexus, it still wasn’t called the Nexus 3 because Sammy loves their Galaxy branding way too much. I guess we will just have to wait until next year to see the next line of Nexuses to see what path the naming scheme follows.

  • Chilly O


    • tonysam1

      I like what you did there.

    • droidlife4ever

      How’d you like them “Apples”… sorry for the correction, still liked the comment….

  • Jigga_z

    I, for one, welcome our Android overlords.

  • Speedyrulz8

    I think I just realized the main reason why Android is so huge, nearly all prepaid smartphones these days are Android. I’m sure that accounts for the huger numbers put up by Android. Not to mention T-Mobile not selling the iPhone, so they are virtually all Android as well.

    • athom07

      While that definitely gives Android a boost, if you take a look at a carrier such as Verizon (the biggest in the nation) they have more Android than iPhone on their network. And they don’t offer any of the prepaid budget Android phones. Obviously they sell lower cost Android phones but they aren’t the budget ones you are talking about (not sure what the exact name of them would be).

    • NeedName

      guess that’s also why Samsung’s top line smartphones also outsell the iphone. . . .

      /s — just in case someone is dull enough to miss it.

  • bassman418


  • Speedyrulz8

    I work for a Verizon Premium Retailer and what’s crazy is we sell 3 times as many iPhones as Android phones. I don’t doubt these numbers but I wonder how that many people end up with Android based phones. My theory is most Android buyers just shop online since they don’t need help setting it up or transferring info and are generally more technilogically savvy. Most Android customers we get in the store have no idea what they want or what they are looking for.

    • Droid Burgundy

      average uninformed customers who cant afford to buy an iPhone probably wander into retail stores looking at “budget” android phones. Whereas most informed or so called “power-users” of android can probably usually afford the iPhone, but choose to purchase high end android devices, full knowing what they are getting into. iSheeple wait for hours around the block to buy marginal upgrades.

    • No offense, but only idiots shop at Verizon “Premium Retailers” instead of finding a corporate store. This would explain your high sales of iOS. I doubt corporate stores numbers are much different though, because those are also morons.

      • lol, i’m not sure why, but this post cracked me up. maybe because it started with “no offense” 🙂

      • New_Guy

        …seriously, though, do people still actually buy handsets from the Verizon store?…. Even Best Buy has better prices. Not to mention Amazon…

      • Droidzilla

        Whereas I agree with your post, I’ve purchased phones for myself and helped family members purchase a certain Verizon “Premium Retailers” because they sometimes are willing to make you a deal. My sister got her GNex for less than what Amazon was selling it for at the time because I was able to talk the salesguy down a bit in price. I completely agree, though, that their asking prices are total bollocks.

    • New_Guy

      i can attest that there are much better deals online at retailers like Amazon and Wirefly than you could ever find at the Verizon store itself. My job even offers further discounts for shopping online. You don’t have to be tech savvy to know that the in-store prices are a ripoff…

  • mustbepbs

    It’s a shame more people can’t experience ICS/JB. I’m sure if carriers could work updates out, Android would be dominating even more. Can’t blame people for having a sour taste with Froyo/GB in 2012.

    • Droid Burgundy

      MY sentiments exactly! It is so frustrating for me to persuade my friends and family to give android a chance when so many of them were burnt by the onslaught of mediocre froyo/gingerbread mid range phones that were competing against the iPhone 4/4s

      I think ICS/JB has made HUGE strides above and beyond iOS. Android is finally a good experience even for the non root/locked device end user.

    • thistimearound

      I don’t know why you got down voted. People should be held responsible for such stupidity. You pretty much nailed it, imo.