This is the recent IDC pie chart on smartphone market share globally. The chart compares 2011 to 2012 figures and shows the huge growth of Android at 4x that of Apple’s iOS. Context must be taken here that the iOS share is attributed only to one company — Apple while the Android market is shared by several manufacturers with Samsung leading the pack. What’s also apparent is RIM’s huge decline sharing the same market penetration as Symbian.
Despite Android’s fragmentation issues it isn’t stopping consumers from purchasing Google-OS powered devices simply because of the wide array of phones being made available.