According to analyst firm Gartner, Google, Inc.’s Android phone system has taken over the number two spot world-wide, jumping from 3.5% market share to a whopping 25.5% in just one year. One out of every four cell phones is an Android, now.
Symbian, the long-time global leader, still holds on to the top spot, despite dropping from 44.6% of the market to 36.6%. Another big move of interest is the drop in share for Apple’s iOS, exclusively tied to the iPhone. The forerunner of modern smart-phone operating systems lost ground to the tune of .4%, leaving them with just 16.7% of the market. Though it isn’t a huge numerical change, the sudden tide change from flow to ebb is quite significant to the design-versus-function gurus of Cupertino.
Gartner seems bullish on iOS in general, due to the success of the iPad, but the largest carrier in the US, Verizon, moved at least 75% of its products in the most recent quarter with Android running the inner workings.