Based on the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments enjoyed the growth that mobile industry analysts had predicted for the fourth and final quarter of 2012.
Shipments grew to reach 217 million units in Q4. As it turns out, Android and iOS jointly accounted for a record 92 percent share of all smartphones shipped worldwide.
“Global smartphone shipments grew 38 percent annually from 157.0 million units in Q4 2011 to 217.0 million in Q4 2012,” confirms Neil Shah, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics.
“Global smartphone shipments for the full year reached a record 700.1 million units in 2012,” he added in today’s announcement, “increasing robustly from 490.5 million units in 2011. Global shipment growth slowed from 64 percent in 2011 to 43 percent in 2012 as penetration of smartphones began to mature in developed regions such as North America and Western Europe.”
If it wasn’t before, the worldwide smartphone industry has now officially become a duopoly.