Global Android Shipments Rocket, With Samsung's Rocket Leading the Pack

By Gary Cutlack on at

Analyst IDC has released some updated stats covering the global smartphone scene, which show continuing growth for Android and underline just how much it's come to depend on Samsung's winning range of handsets.

According to the IDC's data, shipments of smartphones powered by Android rose some 145 per cent year-on-year, with the Google consortium managing to ship some 89.9 million phones during the first three months of 2012. And Samsung is by far the most popular of the Android makers, accounting for 45.4 per cent of all the Android phones sold.

With the second quarter of the year seeing the huge Galaxy S III launch, Samsung's surely going to become even more of an Android linchpin in 2012.

Apple was the second placed smartphone seller, shifting 35.1 million iOS devices in the same quarter. As for Microsoft? Languishing at the bottom, as usual, with Windows Phone managing to take 2.2 per cent of the smartphone market in Q1 of this year, down from the 2.6 per cent it had in Q1 of 2011. Whoops. [IDC via Android Police]