IDC’s Smartphone Stats for 4Q 2012, and a Review of Their Mobile OS Share Prediction for 2015

by Joey deVilla on February 14, 2013

IDC’s Smartphone Stats for 4Q 2012

IDC have released their 4Q 2012 data from their Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, and here’s what it has to report:

smartphone os share 4q 2012

  • 227.8 million mobile operating systems units were shipped in 4Q 2012. 159.8 million were Android and 47.8 million were iOS, and together, they have 91% of the mobile OS market.
  • 4Q 2012′s mobile device shipments were up 70.2% from 4Q 2011.
  • Samsung accounts for 42% of all Android smartphone shipments.
  • Nokia accounts for 76% of all Windows Phone shipments.
  • iOS showed double digit growth for 4Q 2012 and the entire year, but its year-over-year growth has slowed compared to the rest of the market.

Here’s how their numbers break down for 4Q 2012…

Operating System

4Q12 Unit Shipments

4Q12 Market Share

4Q11 Unit Shipments

4Q11 Market Share

Year over Year Change

Android

159.8

70.1%

85.0

52.9%

88.0%

iOS

47.8

21.0%

37.0

23.0%

29.2%

BlackBerry

7.4

3.2%

13.0

8.1%

-43.1%

Windows Phone/ Windows Mobile

6.0

2.6%

2.4

1.5%

150.0%

Linux

3.8

1.7%

3.9

2.4%

-2.6%

Others

3.0

1.3%

19.5

12.1%

-84.6%

Total

227.8

100.0%

160.8

100.0%

41.7%

…and here are their numbers for the complete year of 2012:

Operating System

2012 Unit Shipments

2012 Market Share

2011 Unit Shipments

2011 Market Share

Year over Year Change

Android

497.1

68.8%

243.5

49.2%

104.1%

iOS

135.9

18.8%

93.1

18.8%

46.0%

BlackBerry

32.5

4.5%

51.1

10.3%

-36.4%

Symbian

23.9

3.3%

81.5

16.5%

-70.7%

Windows Phone/ Windows Mobile

17.9

2.5%

9.0

1.8%

98.9%

Others

15.1

2.1%

16.3

3.3%

-7.4%

Total

722.4

100.0%

494.5

100.0%

46.1%

For more, see the summary of their Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

How IDC’s 2015 Mobile OS Share Predictions are Holding Up

Here’s a chart based on IDC’s predicted mobile OS market share for 2015:

They might be a little off with their prediction for Windows Phone’s share of the market.

This article also appears in Mobilize!: The CTS Mobile Tech blog.

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