May 18, 2012

Android continues to dominate smartphone market

Google's Android operating system is still coming out on top in the smartphone market, it has been revealed.

The latest figures from Gartner confirmed that Android accounted for 56.1 per cent of the market in the first quarter of the year, compared to just 36.4 per cent during the same period last year. Apple's iOS was identified as its closest rival, clocking up 22.9 per cent, an increase on the 16.9 per cent it reached last year.

Meanwhile, both Google and Apple saw a growth in shipments over the first quarter, rising to 81 million units and 33.1 million units respectively. This comes as the overall smartphone sector grew by 44.7 per cent year-on-year to 144.4 million units.

Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner, said that the commoditisation of the smartphone market is becoming increasingly challenging for manufacturers looking to make their handset stand out.

"This is particularly true for smartphones based on the Android OS, where a strong commoditisation trend is at work and most players are finding it hard to break the mould," the analyst added.

Nokia and Research in Motion, meanwhile, saw their shipments drop, with Nokia's Symbian OS suffering a particularly steep fall of 20 per cent of market share following the launch of its Windows Phones.

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