Gartner has announced some interesting stats into mobile device sales by mobile Operating System in third quarter of 2012. The notable facts being Android has increased its market share by almost 20% this quarter compared to same period last year to 122,480,000 units sold capturing a market share of 72.4%.
RIM however leaped to 3rd position despite losing half of its market share to 5.3% this year from 11% last year. Among the back benchers are Symbian and Microsoft as the former is nearing the end of its life cycle and the later weakened quarter-on-quarter as the Windows Phone 8 launch dampened demand of Windows Phone 7 devices.
Apple iOS based sales declined by 1.1% to 13.9% this quarter as compared to same period previous year. However Gartner analysts expect iOS share will grow strongly in the fourth quarter of 2012 because users held on to their replacements in many markets ahead of the iPhone 5 wider roll out.
Samsung and Nokia still lead the pack leaving Apple, Motorola, Blackberry behind when it comes to handsets sold by vendor for Q3 in 2012. No surprises that Nokia has lost its sales by little over 20% although it managed to better Gartner's initial estimate by selling 82,300,000 in Q3 2012.
With its Galaxy range of devices, Samsung has accelerated its sales further compared to previous year selling almost 98 million units in the third quarter of 2012.