Android commanded the worldwide smartphone market share in the third quarter, new data from research firm IDC has revealed.
With a whopping 75 percent of market share and more than 181 million smartphones shipped, Android's operating system is apparently just fine with most phone users. In a distant second place, Apple's iOS grabbed fewer than 15 percent of the world's market share.
"Android has been one of the primary growth engines of the smartphone market since it was launched in 2008," IDC Mobile Phones Research Manager Ramon Llamas said in a statement. "In every year since then, Android has effectively outpaced the market and taken market share from the competition. In addition, the combination of smartphone vendors, mobile operators, and end-users who have embraced Android has driven shipment volumes higher."
With three out of every four shoppers buying a smartphone with Android, the operating system's 91.5 percent year-over-year growth was nearly double the overall market growth rate of 46.4 percent in the third quarter. According to IDC, Samsung devices running Android's OS were the most popular among users.
While iOS trailed far behind Android, IDC believes that its performance was still slightly bumped by the late quarter launch of the iPhone 5 and lowered prices of older models. Ranking even lower was BlackBerry. It ended this quarter with just a 4 percent share of the market.
Numbers released by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech earlier this week show Android continuing to make market share gains across Europe in the 12 weeks of sales that ended September 30. In that region, Google's mobile OS rose to a 67 percent share, compared with 51 percent for the same stretch a year ago, while iOS edged down slightly, to 16.5 percent. However, it was a different story in the U.S. In Apple's home market, iOS leaped from 21.5 percent a year ago to nearly 38 percent, while Android slipped from just more than 66 percent to 57.5 percent.