Android accounted for 72.4 percent of all smartphones sold during the quarter, up from 52.2 percent during the same period in 2011.
Samsung led the way, selling 55 million smartphones of a total of 136 million sold. Apple saw strong growth, as well, selling 23.5 million iPhones, however overall share fell from 15 percent in 2011 to 13.9 percent for this quarter.
"The pace of innovation in Android is faster than Apple," said Gartner vice president of mobile computing Ken Dulaney. "They are just trying harder; Apple is way behind in that area. What you get with Android is this incredible feedback loop with developers, equipment makers, customers, and designers.
"At Apple, as long as they have a great vision internally it is fine but they don't have the feedback Android does."
That being said, only Samsung and Apple make any money from their smartphone sales and both remain vicious rivals.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Nov 2012 20:34