Android, Samsung extend smartphone lead

May 14, 2013
Fans get hands on with the Samsung Galaxy S4 on April 25, 2013 in New York City. Google's Android mobile operating system grabbed three out of four smartphones sold in the world in the first quarter of 2013, extending its gains over Apple and its iPhone, a survey showed Tuesday.

Google's Android mobile operating system grabbed three out of four smartphones sold in the world in the first quarter of 2013, extending its gains over Apple and its iPhone, a survey showed Tuesday.

Gartner said more than 156 million Android smartphones were sold in the first three months of the year, or 74.4 percent of the global total. That compared with 56.9 percent in the same period a year ago.

South Korean electronics giant Samsung, the largest maker of Android phones, boosted its lead in the marketplace with a 30.8 percent share, up from 27.6 percent a year earlier.

Apple held second place with its and iOS operating system, accounting for 18.2 percent of smartphones and the same percentage for its operating system, the Gartner survey showed.

"There are two clear leaders in the OS (mobile operating system) market and 's dominance in the OS market is unshakable," said Gartner's Anshul Gupta.

The survey showed the BlackBerry operating system in a distant third place with a three percent market share, just ahead of Microsoft Windows at 2.9 percent.

Among manufacturers, South Korea's LG was third largest with a market share of 4.8 percent, followed by and Chinese makers Huawei (4.4 percent) and ZTE (3.8 percent).

Global smartphone sales were up 43 percent from a year ago at 210 million Gartner said.

The overall , with sales of 425 million, showed growth of just 0.7 percent amid weak sales of so-called feature phones.

Samsung was the number one seller in the with a 23.6 percent market share, followed by Finland's Nokia at 14.8 percent and Apple at nine percent.

Explore further: Android grabs 85% of smartphone market

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

iPhone extends gains in US market

Mar 06, 2013

Apple's iPhone gained ground in the US market over the holiday season and early 2013, outpacing Samsung and other smartphone makers using the Android operating system, a survey found Wednesday.

Apple gains in US smartphone market

May 03, 2013

Industry tracker comScore on Friday reported that Apple gained ground in the US smartphone market, nibbling into the lead held by handsets powered by Google's Android software.

Android fuels surge in global tablet sales

May 01, 2013

Global sales of tablet computers surged in the first quarter of 2013, led by Android-powered devices that outpaced gains by Apple's iPads, a research firm said Wednesday.

Recommended for you

Tesla loss widens as it ramps up expansion plan

1 hour ago

US electric automaker Tesla Motors reported Thursday a widening loss in the past quarter amid record revenues as it ramped up plans for a giant battery plant for future vehicles.

Android grabs 85% of smartphone market

15 hours ago

Smartphones powered by the Android operating system captured 85 percent of the worldwide market in the second quarter, threatening to marginalize rival platforms, a new survey shows.

Chinese man brings gay conversion therapy lawsuit

20 hours ago

(AP)—A gay Chinese man said Thursday he was suing a psychological clinic for carrying out electric shocks intended to turn him straight, as well as the search engine giant Baidu for advertising the center.

User comments : 0