Despite the 17.3 million units pushed in the third quarter this year, Apple’s iOS platform has actually lost market share to Google’s Android, according to Gartner. The iOS platform made up 15% of the market, which is a 1.6% loss from last year’s third quarter. This loss comes contrasts with the huge growth that Android has seen this last quarter, with the little green robot doubling its shares since last year and making up over 50% of all smartphones sold in the three-month period.
Although Apple held its ground with a significant year over year increase in sales, it’s very evident that the Android platform is expanding quickly. Nokia’s Symbian platform has taken a hard loss this quarter, bringing in less than half of what it did last year. RIM, also saw a 4% decrease, going from 15.4% market share to only 11% this year.
So, what does that mean for our beloved iPhone?