8 in 10 smartphones globally run on Android OS: Study
Search engine giant Google's operating system Android has not only pushed down Apple's dominance in the tablet industry but has also topped the world's smartphone market.business Updated: Aug 07, 2013 16:01 IST
Search engine giant Google's operating system Android has not only pushed down Apple's dominance in the tablet industry but has also topped the world's smartphone market.
A new study by Strategy Analytics found that Google's Android is responsible for 80 percent of handsets sold in the second quarter of 2013 accounting to 182.7 million handsets, Fox News reports.
The research firm said that it is a significant boost from the number of handsets sold in the same quarter last year and attributed the success to Android's ability to target various price tiers.
In contrast, Apple's iPhone sales have dropped to just 14 percent in the second quarter and Microsoft lags behind it with only 4 percent of the total market share.
The firm reported that 34.6 million Android slates had been sold during that time period, which is more than double the 14.6 million iPads sold in the same quarter.
Neil Mawston of Strategy Analytics said that Android's numerous hardware partners and varying price points are the reasons for its success, the report added.