There is little doubt that Google’s Android platform is gradually taking over smartphone market share. After leaving Symbian behind, the previously dominant OS, Android seems to be in no hurry to give other operating systems a chance. It even looks like they will increase the gap between the other players even more as well. In the UK for example, according to latest data from research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Android smartphones account for almost half of the total smartphones sales in the country.
Well, not exactly half, but 44% of the smartphone market in a mature market like UK is by no means a small achievement. The growth is particularly impressive when you take in to account Android's share in the past few years. In just one year, Android managed to increase its share by a phenomenal 35%. The biggest loser as expected was Nokia’s Symbian. It lost a whopping 21.4% of the market share to account for just 10.6% of the smartphones sale in the three months leading up to May 15 2011.
With Android dominating the smartphone sector in the UK, Android now reigns king as the most popular mobile operating system in many of the important markets such as UK, Germany, France, US, Australia and Japan. Only in the US has Android's growth stalled. But then this is thought to be because of the launch of the CDMA iPhone on Verizon which helped iOS increase its share to 30.8%. But here too, Android has a comfortable lead and accounts for over 54% of the smartphone market.
The past 12 months have been disastrous for Nokia and it will be interesting to see if Nokia manages to retain its most loyal user base. Will loyal Nokia fans switch to the Microsoft Windows Phone platform which Nokia has decided to adopt in order to counter the iOS and Android threat? So far, it is interesting to note that as of now Windows Phone holds only about 2.8% of the smartphone market in the UK.