In the third quarter of 2012, Android took a commanding 75 percent share of the overall global mobile market, based on shipments, according to IDC. Total Android smartphone shipments worldwide reached 136.0 million units, IDC says.
In other words, it’s an Android world, and iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone are just living in it. With such a significant hold on the market, it’s hard to imagine any other platform coming even close to Android any time soon.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.