Gartner: Android Extends Smartphone OS Dominance in Q2
Android continued to increase its dominance of the smartphone market during the second quarter, powered by Samsung's success. Competitor Apple in contrast struggled somewhat as consumers held out for the next iteration of the iPhone, Gartner said on Tuesday.
Smartphone sales to end users grew year-on-year by 42.7 percent in the second quarter to 153.7 million units, and accounted for 36.7 percent of total sales.
While smartphone sales continued to grow, overall phone sales continued to struggle, and dropped by 2.3 percent to end up at 419 million units.
There is no doubt that Samsung is currently the most successful phone vendor. Samsung's overall sales were up 29.5 percent year-on-year to 90.4 million units. Growth was driven by record sales of Samsung's Galaxy smartphones which totalled 45.6 million units.
The Galaxy S III was the most popular Android-based smartphone during the second quarter, said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. Sales of the smartphone could have been even higher but for product shortages, he said.
The Galaxy S II also continued to be popular, thanks to price cuts, according to Gupta. ...