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Makes Google system a winner
NEW YORK — Got an iPhone? You’re in the minority.
Four Android phones were shipped for every iPhone in the second quarter, the research firm IDC said Wednesday. That’s up from a ratio of 2.5-to-1 in the same period last year.
Samsung Electronics Co. and other phone makers shipped nearly 105 million Android smartphones in the April-June quarter, giving Android 68 percent of the worldwide market, up from 47 percent last year.
The gains came largely at the expense of BlackBerry phones made by Research in Motion Ltd. and Symbian phones made mostly by Nokia Corp. Each saw its market share drop below 5 percent. Nokia is now making phones that use Microsoft Corp.’s Windows system.
The market share for Apple Inc.’s iPhone, powered by its iOS software, fell slightly, to 17 percent from 19 percent. But the company shipped more iPhones than a year ago. Apple is the No. 2 smartphone maker, behind Samsung, and is likely to get a boost when it releases its new iPhone model, expected this fall.
Samsung’s Galaxy S III phone received good reviews when it was released late in the second quarter. It also benefits from the company’s strategy of making various devices that target a range of consumers. By contrast, Apple targets only the high-end market with its iPhone.
According to IDC, Samsung accounted for 44 percent of all Android phones in the second quarter and shipped more Android phones than the next seven Android phone makers combined. HTC Corp. and Motorola Mobility, which Google owns, are among the other Android makers.
Worldwide smartphone shipments grew 42 percent, to 154 million, in the second quarter. Combined, Android and Apple had 85 percent of the market, up from 66 percent a year ago.
“The mobile OS market is now unquestionably a two-horse race due to the dominance of Android and iOS,” said Kevin Restivo, a senior research analyst at IDC.
But it’s still possible for rivals to gain share because smartphones represent fewer than 40 percent of all cellphones shipped in the quarter. But, Mr. Restivo said in a statement “such efforts will become increasingly difficult as smartphone penetration increases.”
Microsoft and RIM are both coming out with new versions of their operating systems — Windows in October and BlackBerry early next year. The share of Windows phones grew to 3.5 percent, from 2.3 percent, in the latest quarter, largely because of its adoption by Nokia. Windows was the fifth-largest phone operating system but was gaining on No. 3 BlackBerry and No. 4 Symbian.
By Tom Harris and Madhav Khandekar
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