According to a new report from the research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), over 80% of smartphones that were shipped in the first quarter of 2012 were running either iOS or Android. Android led the way with 59% of units shipped, with iOS second closest shipping 23% of the smartphones in Q1. Add those two together and you account for 4 out of every 5 smartphones shipped worldwide. Symbian and Blackberry saw their market shares fall year over year, as did Windows Phone even though total shipments for WP7 actually increased by 26.9%.
So what does this mean? According to the numbers, the smartphone war is really between just iOS and Android. Windows Phone still hasn’t grown like we thought it would, doing the opposite and actually losing some of its market share. Of course, this doesn’t include the sales of the Nokia Lumia 900 here in the states which should make these numbers grow a little the next time the study is done. If it doesn’t, and Windows Phone continues in this direction, it could spell the end for the young operating system (like webOS) in the near future.
Source: International Data Corporation