Gartner Research has released their viewpoint on where the manufacturer smartphone OS market share stands. A year ago Gartner stated that Google Android OS will apture almost 50% market share by the end of 2012, however, this newest report that shows Q1 2012 stats reveals that Android now accounts for 56.1% of the worldwide OS market, up from 36.4% from Q1 2011.
The main reasons Gartner says that Android has taken a commanding lead is due to its ability to differentiate itself from others players. Anshul Gupta, analyst at Gartner, stated that “This is particularly true for smartphones based on the Android OS, where a strong commoditization trend is at work and most players are finding it hard to break the mould. At the high end, hardware features coupled with applications and services are helping differentiation, but this is restricted to major players with intellectual property assets.”
Gartner is also reporting that Apple’s iOS owns 22.9% share with 33,120.5 devices in-market, followed by Nokia’s Symbian with 8.6% of the smartphone market share (12,466.9 devices). RIM’s market share slipped from 13% to 6.9%, while Microsoft’s Windows Phone, which was mostly promoted through various Nokia devices, fell in market share to account for only 1.9%.