Strategy Analytics has released a report on Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) services, which suggests that the global smartphone shipments have grown 38 percent annually from 157.0 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 217.0 million in the last quarter of 2012. This has resulted in a total of 700.1 million smartphone shipments in 2012 as compared to 490.5 million units shipped in 2011. The report also states that Android operating system based devices acquire the maximum share of 68.4 percent of the global smartphone market, leaving iOS with 19.4 percent and other with 12.2 percent. Also Read - Your Window PC can now run Android apps
Out of all the smartphones shipments, the findings suggests that Android unit shipments almost doubled in 2012 as compared to 2011, resulting in almost half a billion (479 million) Android device shipments during 2012. Also, as per the figures estimated, there were 152.1 million Android smartphones shipped globally in Q4 2012 resulting in Android shipment marketshare to surge to 70 percent from 51 percent over past one year. Also Read - How to upgrade from Windows 7/ Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 for free
While Symbian, Bada and other platforms have been pushed further behind with Android eating away into their share in the market, Apple iOS also faced the burnt of it only accounting 22 percent marketshare in Q4 2012 as compared from 24 percent a year earlier. It is estimated that Apple grew to 29 percent annually and shipped 47.8 million smartphones worldwide.