Google’s Android platform was used on four out of five smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter. This means that Android’s market share rose to 81 percent, extending its lead over Apple’s iOS, used on its iPhones, according to the IDC survey. Android’s global market share a year ago was 74.9 percent, a 6% increase over a year period.
Surprisingly Microsoft’s Windows Phone showed strong gains, up to 3.6 percent global market share from 2% a year earlier.
Even though iPhone sales grew 25.6 percent from a year earlier, the growth was slower than the overall market and Apple’s global market share fell to 12.9 percent from 14.4 percent in the same period last year.
BlackBerry, meanwhile, saw its troubles deepen, as its global market share fell to 1.7 percent from 4.1 percent a year ago. BlackBerry sales fell 41.6 percent from a year ago despite the introduction of the new BlackBerry 10 operating system.
The overall global market for smartphones grew 39.9 percent year-over-year in the quarter, to 261 million units.