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iOS and Android corner 85% of the smartphone market

Android and iOS devices are continuing to dominate the smartphone market, with figures from research firm IDC revealing the majority of handsets shipped in the second quarter featured the two operating systems.

Around two-thirds of smartphones shipped were Android devices, while Apple’s iOS featured on around a sixth.

Although Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS is gradually increasing its market presence, it still has some way to go before it can corner a substantial share of the smartphone market.

Android still dominating

IDC estimates that 154 million smartphones were shipped during the second quarter, with 68.1% running on Android and 16.9% running iOS. This is a significant increase in figures for last year when 46.9% ran Android and 18.8% on iOS.

Despite these promising figures, IDC argued that the growth in shipments of iOS (27.5% year on year) still fell well short of the 42.2% growth rate in the overall market.

Samsung managed to maintain its place as one of the leading players in the smartphone market, shipping 46 million Android phones.

This figure was enough to see off Apple’s shipment figures as well as surpassing those for the next seven Android vendors combined.

Nokia Lumia driving Windows Phone success

Next in line to the smartphone throne was the BlackBerry OS, with a 4.8% market share and shipments of 7.4 million.

However, this is down from 12.5 million a year ago. Symbian phones also saw figures tumble from a 18.3 million to 6.8 million.

On a brighter note for Windows, phones shipped with Windows Mobile or Windows Phone 7 climbed to 5.4 million, up from 2.5 million a year ago.

This has been put down to the success of Nokia’s Lumia smartphone range, with shipments between the first and second quarters almost doubling.

With rises and falls recorded in the shipments of several manufacturers, it appears that there is still much to play for in the smartphone market.

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