At the same time Samsung sold 56.3 million smartphones and Apple 26.9 million iPhones, while ZTE has become the fourth largest smartphone maker.
But just like when Android was born, there aren't a lot of smartphone OS alternatives at the moment.
"That is the quandary a lot of phone manufacturers are finding themselves in," said Blaber.
Windows Phone could be that alternative, but has yet to prove itself as a viable competitor. That could change in the fourth quarter, when multiple Windows Phone 8 smartphones will go on sale, according to IDC.
But breaking Android's dominance won't be easy. In every year since the first phone was launched, Android has outpaced the market and taken market share from the competition, according to Ramon Llamas, research manager at IDC.
Even today, more vendors are introducing their first Android-based smartphones, he said.
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