We see a lot of reports that put Android towards the top of mobile operating system share in the United States, but Gartner has just released their Q3 mobile sales report, and in it Android takes the number two spot for all mobile operating systems worldwide. Rising from just 3.5 percent this time last year to a second-place 25.5 percent of all phones sold in Q3, Android easily beat out iOS, which now sits in third with a declining share of 16.7 percent. The only OS to beat Android? Symbian with an 11 percent lead at 36.6 percent.
When the numbers are focused on the US the results are skewed ever further towards Android, with Google’s OS taking the top spot followed by iOS and RIM. Gartner estimates Verizon sales alone were made up of 75 to 80 percent Android devices. We don’t see that changing anytime soon.