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IDC: Google notched half a billion Android phones in 2012


Mobile analytics firm IDC posted shipment results for Q4 2012 on Thursday, noting Android and iOS once again dominated the smartphone market with 91.1-percent of all shipments for the quarter.

Android and Apple shipped 207.6 million units worldwide during the fourth quarter, up 70.2-percent from the year-ago quarter, and landed 87.6-percent of the 722.4 million smartphones shipped worldwide in 2012. Android notably shipped over 497 million of those units alone in 2012, with 159.9 million having shipped in the fourth quarter, where as iOS only shipped 135.9 million units in 2012.

Android was able to reach triple-digit growth in 2012, as well, thanks to Samsung amassing 42 percent of all Android smartphone shipments last year.

Check out IDC’s press release for more details.

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