Worldwide market share for smartphones
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, gives prices of the iPhone 5 during an Apple event in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Android and Apple devices dominate in smartphones, with 85 per cent of the worldwide market combined, according to research firm IDC. Apple should get a boost during the holiday season with a new iPhone announced Wednesday.
Companies making Android devices include Samsung Electronics Co., HTC Corp. and Motorola Mobility, which Google now owns. Samsung also makes phones running Bada, which is based on Linux. Nokia has traditionally relied on Symbian, but it is now banking its future on Windows.
Here are IDC's figures for worldwide smartphone unit sales and market share in the second quarter of 2012, by operating system.
— Android (Google Inc.) — 104.8 million units, 68.1 per cent share (46.9 per cent a year earlier)
— iOS (Apple Inc.'s iPhone) — 26.0 million units, 16.9 per cent share (18.8 per cent a year earlier)
— BlackBerry (Research in Motion Ltd.) — 7.4 million units, 4.8 per cent share (11.5 per cent a year earlier)
— Symbian (mostly used by Nokia Corp.) — 6.8 million units, 4.4 per cent share (16.9 per cent a year earlier)
— Windows (Microsoft Corp.) — 5.4 million units, 3.5 per cent share (2.3 per cent a year earlier)
— Linux — 3.5 million units, 2.3 per cent share (3.0 per cent a year earlier)
— Others — 0.1 million units, 0.1 per cent share (0.5 per cent a year earlier)
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