Google’s Android platform has seen massive growth over the last few years, Samsung has helped Android grow, and are currently the most popular Android device maker.
According to a recent report by Gartner, 4 out of every 5 smartphones is now powered by Google’s Android OS, the company estimates that for quarter three of 2013 Android had an 81.9 percent share of the smartphone market.
In comparison, Apple’s iOS had a 12.1 percent share of the smartphone market for the same quarter, with a total of just over 30 million iPhones shipped, this compares to a total of 205 million Android smartphones shipped in quarter three.
“Sales of feature phones continued to decline and the decrease was more pronounced in markets where the average selling price (ASP) for feature phones was much closer to the ASP affordable smartphones,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “In markets such as China and Latin America, demand for feature phones fell significantly as users rushed to replace their old models with smartphones.”
Samsung also remained the top smartphone maker for the quarter, with a total of 80 million handsets shipped, this was followed by Apple with 30 million, Lenovo with 12 million, and LG with 12 million, Huawei shipped around 11 million handsets.