Android snares more than four-fifths of smartphone market

Despite Apple’s cachet for coolness, Google’s Android operating system continues to grab increasing share of the smartphone market.

Android accounted for 81 percent of smartphone shipments during the third quarter of this year – the first time it has owned more than 80 percent of the market, according to research firm International Data Corporation. During the same period a year ago, Android represented just under 75 percent of smartphones shipped.

A total of 211.6 million Android phones shipped during the third quarter, far outpacing the 33.8 million phones using Apple’s operating system, iOS, which amounted to 12.9 percent of the business.

While owning only 3.6 percent of the market, the Windows operating system also saw a big gain from a year ago when it accounted for 2 percent of smartphone shipments. But Blackberry’s system over the same period dropped from 4.1 percent to 1.7 percent.


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