Researcher Website Gartner's third-quarter smart phone research report is finally out and as usual, on the surface, it has painted a very flattering portrait for the tech giant Google.
Mirroring the Strategy Analytics' report at the end of the last month, Gartner has also estimated that Android has recently crossed the symbolic 80 percent mark by reaching 81.9 percent of the whole smart phone shipments in the last quarter of the year and a 9.3 percent rise from the last year.
In comparison with other smart phones, analysts believe that the sales of Apple smart phones have dropped in a 2.2 percentage points over the year to hold the 12.1 percent of the smart phone market. Microsoft have continued to take their small steps to boost their market share, with Nokia's strong US sales helping their Windows Phones grow to a rate of 3.6 percent of the market.
Before we start calling off the smart phone battle and as usual declare Google the winner (with an 81.9 percent share, it is huge in any smart phone market), Gartner's report also does point to the main factors behind Android's major growth. The growing market China has been accounted for a massive 41 percent of all Android sales in the last quarter of this year, up seven percent from a year ago, helped by the sales of the Coolpad and also, Xiaomi smart phones. But unfortunately for the Google, the majority of these Chinese Android devices still do not utilize the Google Play Store and they run customized builds of their open-source operating system.
In the last October, web analyst Benedict Evans has suggested just 6 percent of these Chinese app installs were made via the Google's app marketplace, which helped add some balance to the Google's mobile dominance.