Android and iOS made up 92% of smartphones shipped in fourth quarter
Even though Apple's year-over-year shipments grew 29% for the three month period, its market share dropped from 24% in 2011 to 22% in Q4 2012. Android shipments almost doubled from 80.6 million units shipped in 2011 to 152.1 million during the fourth quarter last year. In that same time period, the green robot's market share went from 50% to 70.1%. For all of 2012, about half a billion Android phones shipped compared with 135.8 million Apple iPhones. Assuming that the two platforms continue to have a strong duopoly in 2013, it leaves very little market share for Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 and others, to fight over.
"Combined together, Apple and Android accounted for a record 92 percent share of all smartphones shipped globally in the fourth quarter of 2012. The worldwide smartphone industry has effectively become a duoply as consumer demand has polarized around mass-market Android models and premium Apple designs."-Scott Bicheno, senior analyst, Strategy Analytics
30. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
R U ON MEDICATION?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!
3. imsickwithsmartphone (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
CONQUER THE WORLD!!
10. IU_Lover (Posts: 35; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
Read the last line by scott, he seems to be leaning to one platform lol
11. Slammer (Posts: 721; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
With Apple as one of the top two marketshare holders at only 22%, it appears other platforms have extreme work to do or face death. World wide adoption of choice platforms has just about peaked and is almost complete.
It was my long hope that WebOS would've prevailed as at least a viable second or third choice if not most adopted. We.can thank Palm and HP for killing off the best mobile platform ever culminated.
13. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
LMMFAO. Best platform, ever? Then why is it gone? Why haven't other companies adopted it and kept it alive?
Best platform = Android, and the numbers prove it. Hell, there are numerous products out there that are Android-based and we don't even know it. It's like Java :-)
22. Slammer (Posts: 721; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
In my 27 years involvement with the wireless industry, I found WebOS was simply the most unified, smoothest platform developed for mobile use. A creation by John Rubenstein who had his hands in on the Apple software design proved that a well developed OS based on Linux, could remain open source, and also remain very intuitive to use. Unsurpassed notification system and multi-tasking which til now is still unmatched. It's implementation of "Synergy" was a milestone in cloud transfer.
What killed WebOS was how it lacked extensive marketing. It was poorly executed by its conjoining partners and the hardware instituted was horrid. Thus leading to a very small percentage of App developement and loss of interest by consumers. This, however, did not eliminate the award winning, all around design of the OS itself. If HP had developed a well designed hardware design and creative marketing, I have no doubt that WebOS would've succeeded as a strong viable choice.
I dare you to try a WebOS device and then come back and debate my opinion.
24. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
I did. I used a TouchPad for a short period, and it didn't win me over. Then I tried an Acer Iconia A100 and fell in love with Honeycomb. I've played with all of the OS's. I have not been able to find one thing I cannot do on an Android. The interaction and functionality are superb.
If I couldn't have Android, I would def use WebOS. The iOS and WP8 operating systems suck.
25. Slammer (Posts: 721; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)
HP killed all initiative to update WebOS. It purchased the Palm portfolio for Patents and discarded WebOS as an illegitimate child before launching the TouchPad. It didn't do WebOS any favors for future growth. Hence why Android has become the popular kid in school.
I, too love Android. It has simply become the far most universal OS(I use the term loosely) platform in the world for most anyone looking to indulge in mobile computation and leisure enjoyment. Endless apps coupled with unsurpassed handset choices, makes it the modern day champ.
14. davidtb (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
Android is easy to unlock and root, and legal on many phones.
iOS can be Jailbroken too (only because iphone fanboys THINK their phone is versatile)
Win8 is pointless to unlock/root
and Symbian is too annoying to do anything but run their limited apps on.
15. LoaoaBoaoaoa (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
There's no reason to UNLOCK Win8.
Win8 is a FAILED PRODUCT, microsoft will release Win9 next year.
There's also no point in UNLOCKING symbian now.
Go to gs.statcounter, and see that Symbian have fall from 40%+ to almost non-exist. Even in China that used to have 80% symbian, now only have less than 1%.
17. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 944; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Windows 8 is an x86 OS, meant for desktops and laptops. Were you thinking of WP8? It's the fastest growing mobile OS on the planet, and was released just before Q4 results, which is why the market share ratios don't show any impact. Wait for Q4, in 2013, and the results will be dramatically different ;o)
18. cdgoin (Posts: 354; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
Hmm.. anyone notice this was posted by "THE APPLE INSIDER" just saying.. that and no real charts or numbers... to actually see how others are doing against Apple. How convenient.
19. cripton805 (Posts: 897; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I just saw an article the other day that claimed Nokia the 3rd or 2nd. I knew that wasnt right at all.
20. papss (Posts: 2879; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
Cripton Nokia is the third largest phone manufacture. These are smartphone percents.. Comprehension my good man
21. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
152 million droids in the quarter!!
That's ten million more than my upper estimate.. and some 15 times more than WP did.
Good luck catching up, Microsoft..
29. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
''152 million droids in the quarter''
so doesnt that make you lot the new ''sheep'' seeing as when the iphone was ;eading you threw this term at them for following the crowd so same applys to you right?
you will prob dispute this
32. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
And again you have no freaking idea what you talk about.
We are she!ps for choosing from by second to none the most versatile, rich, adaptable platform?
There is a Droid to suit the needs and budget of most people out there and that makes Android what it is.
And again, you are a complete, and laughably blind hypocrite.
Tell me, what are 90 percent of pc users, by your logic? Are you among them?
27. networkdood (Posts: 5248; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
With Android, anything is possible...
35. davidtb (Posts: 21; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
I can't imagine..
Think of it. 1 phone with one OS, Apple,gettin all the money (their share), wow impressive.
Android 1 OS,
hundreds of models of phone in (excuse the pun) several different flavors. It's down to 2 and I'm sure we'll come to realize they need each other, to push innovation. Hot blonde or willing brunette?