The Android mobile operating system from search giant Google now makes up 48 percent of the global smartphone market, technology analytics firm Canalys reported.
Based on the report from Calanys, Google’s Android mobile operating system boosted market share points mainly attributed to strong sales of Android-based devices in Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries, including South Korea’s commanding 85 percent share and Taiwan’s 71 percent.
Expectedly, second place went to close rival Apple iOS with 19 percent of the global smartphone market, equivalent to 20.3 million iPhone shipments, followed by Symbian OS from Nokia, but Canalys did not provide the latter’s figures in the press release.
Notably, Samsung took the biggest slice of all Android phone makers and placed second in terms of shipments at 17.0 million branded smartphones.
Research In Motion (RIM) dropped from 33 percent to 12 percent same time last year.
Despite good reviews for its new Windows Phone 7 (WP7) mobile operating system, Microsoft only managed to finish with one percent of the global smartphone market, equivalent to 1.5 million unit shipments.