Android Ships Nearly HAlf a Billion Smart Phones in 2012

The Android operating system saw triple-digit growth in the number of mobile phones shipped in the last year, while iOS–which runs on Apple’s iPhone–also experienced significant increases in shipments. Nearly half a billion Android smart phones shipped in 2012, as iOS devices hit about 136 million.

“The two horse race between Android and iOS has collectively accounted for more than 50 percent share of the smartphone OS market over the past two years,” according to market research firm IDC, which released its latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker Thursday.

According to IDC’s report, for the full year, 497.1 million Android smart phones shipped worldwide, up about 104.1 percent from 2011’s figure of 243.5 million. For the year, Android increased its market share from 49.2 percent to 68.8 percent.

For the fourth quarter of 2012, Google’s Android OS expanded its lead over all other smart phone operating systems, though iOS also saw healthy gains. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s mobile operating systems made triple-digit gains, coming within a point of BlackBerry’s market share, according to IDC’s report.

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