Android’s market share increased significantly during the third quarter of 2012, with the Google OS powering 72.4% of all smartphones sold in the three months’ period. Apple’s iOS came a very distant second with a market share of 13.9%.

This is an impressive accomplishment for Google’s mobile OS, considering Android’s market share was 52.5% in Q3 of 2011.

Samsung saw its position as the leading mobile manufacturer increase to 22.9% after selling almost 100 million phones in the three month period ending in September. This was mostly at the expense of Nokia, which saw its market share slide almost 5 percent points year-over-year.

The holiday season should see Apple take back some of both of those pies, as many iOS-faithfuls held off on replacing their smartphones until the iPhone 5 came around. Apple’s new smartphone top dog is expanding its availability to many new markets in Q4, which should help Apple arrest the fall in iOS market share.

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