It’s been five days fat with Android achievement this week to the point that the maestros over at Mountain View must think Christmas has come early. Following the disappointing cancellation of Monday’s launch event in New York City due to the horrendous hurricane Sandy, we learned that the Google Play store had gained an incredible 25,000 extra apps in the last month alone and was now home to a whopping, Apple App Store rivalling, 700,000! News enough for one week, you might think, however…
Fresh figures in from global market intelligence firm IDC have rounded the week off nicely by announcing that some 75% of smartphones shipped in the third quarter of 2012 were – you guessed it – Android.
The researched gleaned from the company’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker states that the 136 million Android phones shipped in the third quarter represent a 91.5% year-over-year increase in unit shipments from the same period last year.
“Android has been one of the primary growth engines of the smartphone market since it was launched in 2008. In every year since then Android has effectively outpaced the market and taken market share from the competition,” said IDC analyst Ramon Llamas. “In addition, the combination of smartphone vendors, mobile operators, and end-users who have embraced Android has driven shipment volumes higher. Even today, more vendors are introducing their first Android-powered smartphones to market.”
Fine news to end an already excellent Android week on and yet more proof that there’s no stopping the open source OS on its relentless drive to the top.
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