Android is the king of the smartphone hill in the third quarter of 2016.
That news comes from research by Strategy Analytics. The company is reporting that global smartphone shipments reached 375 million units in the third quarter of 2016 and that the Android operating system captured a record 88 percent global marketshare.
Obviously, that’s at the expense of Apple iOS and other purveyors.
“Global smartphone shipments grew 6 percent annually from 354.2 million units in Q3 2015 to 375.4 million in Q3 2016,” said Linda Sui, the Director at Strategy Analytics. “This was the smartphone industry’s fastest growth rate for a year.”
Android is dominating the global market, notes Neil Mawston, the Executive Director at Strategy Analytics.
“Android’s domination of global smartphone shipments remained strong in Q3 2016, with a record 88 percent of all smartphones now running Google’s OS,” Mawston explained. “Android’s gain came at the expense of every major rival platform. Apple iOS lost ground to Android and dipped to 12 percent share worldwide in Q3 2016, due to a lackluster performance in China and Africa.”
“BlackBerry and Microsoft Windows Phone have all but disappeared due to strategic shifts, while Tizen and other emerging platforms softened as a result of limited product portfolios and modest developer support,” Mawston added.
The full “Global Smartphone OS Market Share by Region: Q3 2016” report is here.