Google's Android OS now runs on 80 percent of smartphones globally
at the end of the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest International Data Corporation (IDC)
Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report
. During the third quarter of this year, the overall smartphone market witnessed 39.9 percent year-on-year growth with a total of 211.6 million smartphone unit shipments. Out of these, Android smartphone alone accounted for 81 percent of all shipments. Besides Android, Microsoft's Windows Phone is another OS to witness growth in the third quarter. It recorded the largest year-on-year growth with 156 percent, though the OS still has less than 5 percent share of the total market. Another noticeable finding is that iOS’s market share continued to decline during the third quarter even though Apple had sold 9 million units during the last week of September.