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Android smartphone sales leave others in the dust Featured

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The sale of Android smartphones worldwide is far ahead of all other types, according to statistics available at the statistics portal, Statista, which provides data and studies from more than 18,000 sources.

In the third quarter of 2015, Android smartphones accounted for 84.7 per cent of worldwide smartphone sales and were trending upward.

Second, way below this figure, was Apple's iPhone with 13.1 per cent marketshare globally and trending downwards.

Microsoft was barely a blip on the radar with 1.7 per cent, with sales also showing a downward trend worldwide.

Smartphone sales worldwide

The data available at Statista has some interesting aspects; if one goes back to the first quarter of 2009, Symbian was the dominant force, with 48.8 per cent of the market, while both Apple and Microsoft held a little more than 10 per cent at the time.

But with the advent of Android, which had just 1.9 per cent of sales worldwide in 2009, the others have been cast in the shade as the mostly free operating system soared to overtake all others.

According to the Statista figures, Apple's sales have averaged out evenly from 2009, with the high point being a rise to nearly 24 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2011.


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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