Among smartphone operating systems, iOS’ worldwide share grew nearly 30%
Apple’s share of the worldwide mobile phone market (smart and not-so-smart) nearly doubled year over year in the second quarter of 2011, from 2.4% to 4.6%, according to a report issued Thursday by Gartner, Inc. That put Apple AAPL in fourth place among mobile phone vendors, well behind Nokia NOK , Samsung and LG.
Apple’s share of the rapidly-expanding smartphone market grew 29% in the same period, from 14.1% to 18.2%. That put iOS (not counting iPads or iPod touches) in third place among smartphone operating systems, after Google’s GOOG Android (which grew 152%) and Nokia’s Symbian (which shrank 46%).
“Google and Apple are the obvious winners in the smartphone ecosystem,” declared Gartner’s press release.
Below: Gartner’s spreadsheets.