Google’s Android OS climbed from 49.2 percent of the smartphone space in 2011 to 68.8 percent in 2012. Many of those customers came as a result of the misfortunes of other operating systems such as BlackBerry and the now-defunct Symbian. The OS did, however, lose 5 percent marketshare in the fourth quarter, dropping from 75 percent to 70.1 percent. The iPhone 5 launch helped Apple gain some ground.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform made market-beating progress in 4Q12 and 2012, increasing to 2.5 percent. Nokia amassed 76.0% of all Windows Phone smartphone shipments with HTC and Samsung bringing up the rear. These numbers are also not including a full quarter of sales for the new Windows Phone 8 devices, which are said to have increased sales by a large margin.
It will definitely be interesting to see how these numbers change with a full quarter of both WP8 and BB10 coming. Android and iOS are likely to dominate for quite some time, but we could see their numbers dwindle a bit as new entrants in the smartphone race step foot off the starting line.