Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, has released earlier today their 2012 3rd Quarter report for worldwide mobile device sales by vendor OS. The firm reports that despite an overall 3 percent decline in mobile phone sales, the smartphone category hit 169.2 million units sold in Q3, resulting in a 47 percent increase from the same time frame a year ago. Despite the minor decline, Gartner is quick to point out that Samsung tallied some impressive sales’ totals: accounting for nearly 98 million units - an 18.7% increase from Q3 2011.
While Apple is still third to Samsung and Nokia for total mobile device sales, Samsung and Apple remain the top smartphone vendors collectively, capturing 46.5-percent of the market. Meanwhile, Nokia slipped from No. 3 smartphone vendor in Q2 to No. 7 in Q3. This drastic drop by Nokia has resulted in RIM and HTC taking the third and fourth positions respectively behind Samsung and Apple. On a positive note for Google and Android fanboys everywhere, Gartner highlighted the growth of Android by showcasing that there were a total of 122 million units sold across all Android manufacturers for Q3 2012, bringing its overall market share to 72.4%. up from the 52.5% last year. In comparison, Apple now accounts for 13.9-percent of the market, down from 15 percent last year, but Gartner expects that to change in Q4 thanks to the continuing sales of the iPhone 5. Ultimately though between Apple and Samsung, both have nearly captured almost half of the entire smartphone market which is certainly impressive.