Google mobile Operating system Android has become the world’s top smartphone platform pushing Nokia Symbian down to the second post. According to IDC India Mobile Phone Tracker Report for Q3 CY2011 stated that Google Android Operating system has taken over the Symbian to become the top smartphone OS in the India. The report also said that Android represented 42.4% of the smartphone market in the last quarter and saw a growth of 90% over the previous quarter. With the burgeoning market of smartphone, mobile operating system war is also heating up among major manufacturers in India who are scrambling to introduce their smartphones on a more popular and user friendly platform.
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Android OS emerged as the mobile OS of future, by registering strong growth in second and third quarter 2011 whereas Symbain OS market is continously downsizing. Symbian was the leading OS in the second half of last year.
IDC’s India Mobile Phone Tracker Report, which was released earlier today, had interesting bits of information. This is for the first time that we are hearing from one of the market research firms that Android has gaint such a significant share in the country, however it needs to be keep in mind that it is only significant number for the smartphone market, not for the total mobile market in India, as smartphones holds for 6.5% of the Q3 volume shipments.
According to Rajeev, Lead Analyst, Mobile Phones, noted
“ Overall, smartphones shipment for the India Market showed an impressive growth of 21.4% over the previous quarter and 51.5% year on year. This helped the segment growth its contribution to the mobile phone shipment to 6.5% in Q3 from 5.6% in Q2”.
From an operating system perspective, Android Overtook Symbain to emerge as the top platform in India for the first time, with a share of 42.4% of the smartphone market.
In total, India mobile market grew 12% in terms of unit shipments in the last quarter to reach 47.7 million units. Nokia still leads total mobile as well as smartphone market in the country, followed by Samsung in both. Samsung was able to increase the smartphone shipments by 5% during this time, and we expect Galaxy S II launch in the same period did help a lot of this.
Therefore, the incresing popularity of Android has caused experts to suggest that Nokia may announce plans to introduce smartphones using Android OS.