Android vs iPhone: Android sales skyrocket

Posted at 8:33 AM, Aug 09, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-09 08:33:41-04

(CNN) – The mobile space has quickly become a two-horse race between Google and Apple — and one of those giants significantly widened its lead last quarter.

Google’s Android surged to a whopping 68% share of the global smartphone market last quarter. That’s four times more than the 17% market share held by Apple, according to a Wednesday report from research firm IDC (International Data Corporation).

IDC, which tracks smartphone market share by operating system, said that nearly 105 million Android phones were shipped in the second quarter — more than double the number shipped at the same time last year.

Apple also showed strong growth, with an almost 28% gain over the previous year to 26 million phones shipped.

Apple and Samsung are currently locked in a heated court battle over Apple’s allegations that Samsung illegally copied its iPhone design.

Apple’s iOS momentum was slowed this quarter by rumors that the iPhone 5 will be released in September. The iPhone 4S has been on the market since last October, so IDC said sales have “cooled.”