More than 50% of smartphones now running on Android

android-world.jpgNew stats published by Gartner today reveal that Google’s mobile OS now accounts for more than half of the total smartphone market share.

The smartphone market made a big jump in growth during Q4 2011, with a 47.3% year-on-year increase seeing smartphone sales hit the 149 million units mark in the last quarter of last year.

The huge leap saw the Android OS gain 50.9% of the market share, an increase of 30.5% compared to the same period a year earlier. However, that doesn’t mean to say iOS suffered due to Android’s gains, Apple too saw significant growth, gaining 23.8% market share, up from 15.8% in Q4 2010.

Instead it seems to be Nokia’s Symbian OS that’s seen one of the largest slides, dropping to 11.7%. Regardless, Nokia remains the most successful mobile vendor overall thanks to its budget and its selection of core feature phones that continue to sell well worldwide.

ZTE and Huawei posted great successes too, as the fastest growing vendors after Apple.

[Via Tech Digest]
Becca Caddy