More mobile phone users switched to smartphones in the latest quarter and most of those users will pick either Google Android or Apple iOS mobile operating systems. There were 152.3 million smartphones shipped worldwide from January to March 2012 (Q1-12). Based on data provided by the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Android mobile operating systems accounted for almost six out of ten smartphones shipped in Q1-12. Android grabbed shares of 59.0%. There were 89.9 million units of Android-powered handsets shipped in Q1-12. Android-powered mobile handsets manufacturers include Samsung, HTC, Motorola, and others. One of the top Samsung smartphone model is known as Galaxy. Samsung announced a new model Galaxy III in early May 2012 and the device is going to phone operators and stores this week.
The world’s most valuable company Apple also captured a chunk of the market in the First Quarter. iOS took shares of 23.0% in Q1-12. Apple iPhone continue to be one of the best handsets for users around the world. There were 35.1 million units shipped in Q1-12.
The biggest losers among mobile operating systems are Symbian, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7. Symbian’s market share dropped to 6.8% in Q1-12, compared to one year ago which was at 26.0% share. The unit count for Symbian dropped to 10.4 million units Q1-12, compared to one year ago which was at 26.4 million units.
Smartphone’s pioneer RIM BlackBerry market share dropped to 6.4% in Q1-12, compared to one year ago which was at 13.6% share. The unit count for BlackBerry-powered handsets dropped to 9.7 million units Q1-12, compared to one year ago which was at 13.8 million units.
Microsoft newest mobile operating system known as Windows Phone 7 (and 7.5) market share dropped to 2.2% in Q1-12, compared to one year ago which was at 2.6% share. The unit count for Windows Phone-powered handsets increased slightly to 3.3 million units Q1-12, compared to one year ago which was at 2.6 million units.
(Table: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker)