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NewsPoster Oct 31, 2013 07:45 PM
Android hits 81 percent in smartphones, iOS at 13 percent
Google's Android platform continues to dominate the worldwide smartphone market, according to new <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/297456==http://blogs.strategyanalytics.com/WSS/post/2013/10/31/Android-Captures-Record-81-Percent-Share-of-Global-Smartphone-Shipments-in-Q3-2013.aspx" rel='nofollow'>figures</a> from Strategy Analytics that put Android at 81.3 percent of the global smartphone market. Android and Apple's iOS platform together account for nearly 95 percent of smartphones shipped worldwide, though Apple's share has declined year over year. One beneficiary of Apple's slippage may have been Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, which has seen a year-over-year increase. <br />
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The operating system for iPhones held 15.6 percent of the smartphone market at the end of 2012's third quarter, but that figure had slipped to 13.4 percent by the end of this past September. This even as Apple has continually shipped <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/297452==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/10/28/sells.338.million.iphones/" rel='nofollow'>tens of millions of iPhones each quarter</a>. <br />
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The iPhone maker's declining share, though, comes from the smartphone market's expansion. Global smartphone shipments grew 45 percent year-over-year, from 172.8 million units in Q3 2012 to 251.4 million in Q3 2013. <br />
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Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, which is dominated by Nokia, nearly doubled in terms of share year-over-year. Whereas Windows Phone held just 2.1 percent of the market at this time last year, it now holds a 4.1 percent share. Some of that gain may have come from Apple, but it also likely came from the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/297453==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/10/15/claims.customers.can.continue.to.count.on.blackber ry/" rel='nofollow'>downward spiral of BlackBerry</a>, which slipped from 4.3 percent share to just 1.0 percent. <br />
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The largest player in the smartphone market by volume remains South Korean tech giant Samsung, which shipped 88.4 million units in the quarter, or 35.2 percent of all smartphones shipped worldwide.<br />
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It should be noted that the figures are mostly based on estimated shipments, and <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/297463==http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/01/31/samsung.admits.galaxy.tab.sales.poorer.than.claims/" rel=a&Agrave;śnofollow'>not</a> sales to end-users. Only Apple discloses actual sales figures and separates them from in-channel inventory. While rising shipments can also be indicative of greater sales, it can be used by manufacturers to <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/297461==http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/sep/02/samsung-galaxy-tab" rel='nofollow'>inflate their success</a>. Samsung was forced to admit in court during its legal trial with Apple that it <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/297462==http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2012/aug/10/samsung-apple-tablet-phone-sales-revealed" rel='nofollow'>actually sold only about half</a> of what it reported as having shipped in the quarters in question during the trial.
 
LenE Oct 31, 2013 07:57 PM
" ...according to new figures from Strategy Analytics"

I stopped reading when the credibility ran out there.
 
prl99 Oct 31, 2013 08:16 PM
Other articles have documented the low level of most of the android (un)smartphones. Let's see a breakdown of these smartphones to see whether the majority of the android phones are basically rebranded flip phones from a decade ago that used to run Symbian and not run android. Apple doesn't sell into this level of utility phones which aren't very smart. It's like adding bikes with cars and treating them all as transportation devices. They are but they aren't nearly the same.
 
Jubeikiwagami Oct 31, 2013 10:33 PM
Android POS are given away when you buy practically anything in the Asian and outside the US. Buy a toilet, free android, buy a fridge free android, buy stereo free android....and so on
 
wrenchy Nov 1, 2013 12:00 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by Jubeikiwagami (Post 4255305)
Android POS are given away when you buy practically anything in the Asian and outside the US. Buy a toilet, free android, buy a fridge free android, buy stereo free android....and so on
Awwww, sour grapes.
 
wrenchy Nov 1, 2013 12:21 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by NewsPoster (Post 4255269)
Google's Android platform continues to dominate the worldwide smartphone market, according to new <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/297456==http://blogs.strategyanalytics.com/WSS/post/2013/10/31/Android-Captures-Record-81-Percent-Share-of-Global-Smartphone-Shipments-in-Q3-2013.aspx" rel='nofollow'>figures</a> from Strategy Analytics that put Android at 81.3 percent of the global smartphone market.
81.3% in the bag.18.7 % to go.

iTold you people ages ago.

The Little Green Robot will not back off. It will not surrender. It will keep coming and coming, wave after wave after wave. It will take no prisoners. It will not stop until it destroys all competitors.

Deal with it.
 
Charles Martin Nov 1, 2013 01:07 AM
Wrenchy's right, folks. Mediocrity always wins out in the end. These figures are the proof! :)
 
besson3c Nov 1, 2013 01:21 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by wrenchy (Post 4255325)
81.3% in the bag.18.7 % to go.

iTold you people ages ago.

The Little Green Robot will not back off. It will not surrender. It will keep coming and coming, wave after wave after wave. It will take no prisoners. It will not stop until it destroys all competitors.

Deal with it.

Why is this an ideological thing for you? I don't get it. At all.
 
wrenchy Nov 1, 2013 01:27 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by chas_m (Post 4255333)
Wrenchy's right, folks. Mediocrity always wins out in the end. These figures are the proof! :)
No chas_m, mediocrity is what the Apple and the iPhone/iPhad have become. At one point yes, they were the benchmark. Now they're warming the bench.
 
wrenchy Nov 1, 2013 01:37 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by besson3c (Post 4255336)
Why is this an ideological thing for you? I don't get it. At all.
No besson3c, I just hate arrogant Apple fanbois who look down on anything that does not carry an apple logo. Like most of the losers on this board.
Nothing ideological here. Just pure hate.
 
besson3c Nov 1, 2013 01:49 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by wrenchy (Post 4255338)
No besson3c, I just hate arrogant Apple fanbois who look down on anything that does not carry an apple logo. Like most of the losers on this board.
Nothing ideological here. Just pure hate.
You just contradicted yourself, this is clearly ideological to you.

Why harbor hatred based on the behavior of some individuals, and why do the very thing you hate them doing? Rise above this with the maturity in not getting ideologically invested in your tools. Use whatever tool is best for you, being loyal to the toolmaker for as long as that tool is productive to you.
 
ZinkDifferent Nov 1, 2013 01:49 AM
'shipments' - not 'usage'.

It's the old fake canard of thinking shipments = market share. Something sitting on a shelf, not being sold, or not being used, does not constitute anything of relevant.

Of course, it gives tested, I mean, wrench, something to blather on about...
 
besson3c Nov 1, 2013 01:52 AM
Quote, Originally Posted by ZinkDifferent (Post 4255341)
'shipments' - not 'usage'.

It's the old fake canard of thinking shipments = market share. Something sitting on a shelf, not being sold, or not being used, does not constitute anything of relevant.

Of course, it gives tested, I mean, wrench, something to blather on about...

Why does it matter to Apple users what these numbers are anyway? Apple is clearly not in any sort of financial peril, so who cares?
 
The Vicar Nov 1, 2013 03:54 AM
So... actual SOLD UNITS are up for Apple, but they're doomed because they don't have a majority of the market? I've heard this story before, thanks, and the conclusion didn't turn out the way the analysts thought then, either.

It's funny that all the other statistics -- number of apps sold, amount of time spent browsing the web, number of hits from different platforms -- all show iOS as having MORE presence than Android. Why, one might almost conclude that most of those Android devices are not being used.
 
kerryb Nov 1, 2013 11:10 AM
The Titanic was "shipped" but very few of its passengers made it to their destination.
 
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