London: Three out of four smartphones sold in the third quarter are using Google’s Android operating system, a research has revealed.
According to a report by IDC, 136 million Android smartphones were sold in the third quarter, boosting Android’s share of the worldwide market to 75 per cent, up from 57.5 percent the previous year.
The report said that Apple’s share of the market grew from 13.8 percent this time last year to 14.9 percent, the Telegraph reports.
Blackberry and Symbian operating systems, meanwhile, saw a steep decline in market share, the report added.
The paper quoted IDC analyst Kevin Restivo, as saying that Android’s close “tie-ins” to Google’s broad array of online services such as online search and maps was a key factor in the growth of Android.
“Google has a thriving, multi-faceted product portfolio. Many of its competitors, with weaker tie-ins to the mobile OS, do not,” he wrote in the IDC report.
According to the paper, Google’s Android operating system is available to phone manufacturers for free and makes money from online advertising when customers access its services.
First Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 15:47