Android Smartphone OS Celebrates 4th Anniversary With 75 Percent Market Share



A new report by the International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that Android had a 75 percent lead in smartphone phone OS of all the smartphone shipments in Q3 worldwide.

The IDC report claims the Android smartphone operating system was among three in the four phones shipped.


Android units hit 136 million from the total 181.1 million smartphones shipped in the third quarter this year, giving Android a three in four lead.

According to Ramon Llamas, research manager, Mobile Phones at IDC, “Android has been one of the primary growth engines of the smartphone market since it was launched in 2008.”

Llamas added, “In every year since then, Android has effectively outpaced the market and taken market share from the competition. In addition, the combination of smartphone vendors, mobile operators, and end-users who have embraced Android has driven shipment volumes higher. Even today, more vendors are introducing their first Android-powered smartphones to market.”

Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker added that the performance isn’t a coincidence,”

He said, “The smartphone operating system isn’t an isolated product, it’s a crucial part of a larger technology ecosystem. Google has a thriving, multi-faceted product portfolio. Many of its competitors, with weaker tie-ins to the mobile OS, do not. This factor and others have led to loss of share for competitors with few exceptions.”

Find the full report here.