New York – Got an iPhone? You’re in the minority. There were four Android phones for every iPhone shipped in the second quarter, research firm IDC said on Wednesday. That’s up from a ratio of 2.5 to 1 in the same period last year.
The success of Samsung’s Android phones helped Google’s operating system extend its dominance in the smartphone market. Samsung Electronics and other phone makers shipped nearly 105 million Android smartphones in the April-June quarter, giving Android 68% of the worldwide market, up from 47% last year.
The gains came largely at the expense of BlackBerry phones made by Research in Motion and Symbian phones made largely by Nokia. Each saw its market share drop below 5%. Nokia is now making phones that use Microsoft’s Windows system.
The market share for Apple’s iPhone, powered by its iOS software, fell slightly 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 as expected this Autumn.
Samsung’s Galaxy S III phone received good reviews when it was released late in the second quarter. It also benefits from the company’s strategy of making various devices that target a range of consumers. By contrast, Apple targets only the high-end market with its iPhone.
According to IDC, Samsung accounted for 44% of all Android phones in the second quarter and shipped more Android phones than the next seven Android phone makers combined. HTC and Motorola Mobility, which Google now owns, are among the other Android makers.