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Android tightens grip: 105 mn in Q1

Got an iPhone? You're in the minority. Four Android phones were shipp-ed for every iPhone in the second quarter, research firm IDC said Wednesday. That's up from a ratio of 2.5 to 1 year-on-year.

business Updated: Aug 09, 2012 23:34 IST

Got an iPhone? You're in the minority. Four Android phones were shipp-ed for every iPhone in the second quarter, research firm IDC said Wednesday. That's up from a ratio of 2.5 to 1 year-on-year.

The success of Samsung's Android phones helped Google's operating system extend its dominance in the smartphone market.

Samsung Electronics Co and other phone makers shipped nearly 105 million Android smartphones in Q1, giving Android 68% of the market, from 47% last year.

The gains came largely at the expense of BlackBerry sets made by Research in Motion Ltd. and Symbian phones made largely by Nokia Corp. Each saw its market share drop below 5%. Nokia is now making phones that use Microsoft Corp's Windows system.

Apple Inc's iPhone, powered by its iOS software, saw its market share fall to 17%, from 19%. 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 got good reviews when it was released late in the second quarter. It also benefits from the company's strategy of making devices that target a range of consumers.