Android Army

Android’s growth doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. According to a new report released by Gartner on Wednesday, Android currently has a 56.1% share of the global smartphone OS market, followed by iOS with a 22.9% share, Symbian with an 8.6% share and RIM’s BlackBerry OS with a 6.9% share. Android’s market share increased from just 36.4% during the first quarter of last year, too.

Samsung remains the world’s largest vendor of mobile phones; the company sold 86.6 million devices during the first quarter of 2012 and maintained a 20.7% market share. It was followed by Nokia with a 19.8% market share and 83.2 million devices sold, Apple with a 7.9% market share and 33.1 million devices sold and ZTE with a 4.2% market share and 17.4 million devices sold.

Gartner said that global mobile phone sales declined a total of two percent year-over-year from the first quarter of last year. The last time that happened was during the second quarter of 2009. “Global sales of mobile devices declined more than expected due to a slowdown in demand from the Asia/Pacific region,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “The first quarter, traditionally the strongest quarter for Asia – which is driven by Chinese New Year, saw a lack of new product launches from leading manufacturers, and users delayed upgrades in the hope of better smartphone deals arriving later in the year.”

[via Gartner]