This is an amazing result no matter on which side of the fence you find yourself. Just for the sake of perspective, Android had a 70% share of the total smartphone OS pie just half a year ago. So how does Android do it? Competitive licensing costs, a wide portfolio of OEM partners and a ginormous app store, according to Strategy Analytics.
For Google to win, somebody has to lose. In this case, iOS has dropped down to 14% of all devices running Apple's software, its lowest since Q2 2010.
But Google isn't the only winner, for Windows Phone now hums under the hood of 4% of total smartphones, an all-time high for the mobile OS. While Microsoft's fledgling brainchild has made “steady progress”, it's Nokia “strong support” that's helped achieve most of it, according to the report. Analysts go further still and claim that WP8 won't be really taking off any time soon unless it improves in at least two key areas:
So what are we to make of all this? We're certainly happy for Android, and realize that it's the main force turning smartphones from a luxury to commodity (which is, again, something to be happy about). That being said, we can't help but feel uneasy of its growing dominion and what that spells for consumer choice, or lack thereof.
Android is the king of OSes
1. Smartphone devices broken down by OS
2. Smartphone devices broken down by manufacturer
source: Strategy Analytics