IDC and comScore have published their latest reports on the smartphone market. IDC says 118.1 million smartphones shipped globally in the third quarter of this year, up 42.6% year-on-year. It crowns a new king of the sector too, claiming that Samsung shipped 23.6 million smartphones in Q3 for a 20% market share, ahead of Apple (17.1m / 14.5%) and Nokia (16.8m / 14.2%), with HTC (12.7m / 10.8%) and Research In Motion (11.8m / 10%) behind.
Meanwhile, comScore’s stats focus on the US market by smartphone platform, and by what phones are being used rather than simply new sales in Q3. It claims Google’s Android now has a 44.8% market share, well ahead of iOS (27.4%) and BlackBerry (18.9%) with Windows Phone back on 5.6%. These figures are for smartphones only, so don’t include tablets, non-cellular MP3 players etc. comScore also finds that 20.9% of mobile subscribers in the US now listen to music on their phones, up from 19% three months ago.