One of the top research firms in the world, Gartner, just released new numbers regarding mobile phone operating system share worldwide for First Quarter of 2012 (January to March). On the top was Google Android mobile operating system as the OS captured 56.1% share in Q1-12, compared to one year ago (Q1-11), the OS had captured only 36.4% share. Off all mobile phone sales during Q1-12, over 81.1 million units of handsets were sold that run on Android, compared to Q1-11 which was totaled 36.4 million units (or an increase of 44.7 million units).
Apple iOS seized the second spot with 22.9% share in Q1-12, compared to Q1-11 which the iOS was at 16.9% share. In term of unit count, Apple iOS phone sold 33.1 million units in Q1-12, compared to 16.9 million units in Q1-11 (or an increase of 16.2 million units).
While Google Android and Apple iOS continue to experience growth in Q1-12, other mobile operating systems include RIM BlackBerry, Nokia Symbian, and Microsoft Windows Phone OSs continue to decline. The smartphone pioneer BlackBerry captured only 6.9% share in Q1-12, compared to 13.0% share in Q1-11. Similarly, the previous top seller Nokia Symbian dropped to 8.6% share in Q1-12, compared to 27.7% share in Q1-11. Microsoft newest operating system for mobile phone Windows Phone version 7 and 7.5 remained weak in the world market and captured only 1.9% share in Q1-12, compared to 2.6% share in Q1-11.