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Android was on 75% of all smartphones shipped in Q1, crushes competition

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Android was on 75% of all smartphones shipped in Q1, crushes competition
We have long ago started speaking about a duopoly in the mobile world as Apple started it all with the iPhone, and then with the quick rise of Android we got two operating system that became synonymous to what a smartphone is. And while Apple is still reaping most of the profits in smartphones (Samsung is catching up, though), when it comes to volume it’s nothing more than a mere runner-up.

Android was on 75% on all shipped devices in the first quarter of 2013, up from a market share of 59.1% in the same period last year. Apple on the other hand lost a lot of its market share dropping from 23% in Q1 2012 to merely 17.3% in the first trimester this year.

Together the two platforms held more than 92% of the whole market.

Good news for the third ecosystem wannabe, Microsoft’s Windows Phone, is that according to IDC data it actually outgrew BlackBerry for the first time. This contradicts earlier release data from Gartner, though, so one thing is clear - the difference between the two is far from huge.

Windows Phone has a 3.2% share while BlackBerry holds 2.9% of the market.

“Android and iOS accounted for more than the lion’s share of smartphones in the first quarter, but a closer examination of the other platforms reveals turnaround and demand for alternatives,” IDC mobile phone research manager Ramon Llamas said. “Windows Phone has benefited from Nokia’s participation, and BlackBerry’s new BB10 devices have already hit a million units shipped in its first quarter of availability.”

source: IDC

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posted on 16 May 2013, 08:19 7

1. tedkord (Posts: 12219; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


List of rationalizations and excuses to follow.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:35 3

11. bucky (Posts: 2693; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


This is an android website. You fight amongst yourselves.

posted on 16 May 2013, 10:02 14

17. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I am amused that the "Android rulez!! NO iPhone rulez!!!" flame wars have turned into a Samsung-HTC pissing match. iPhone is barely even in the discussion.

posted on 16 May 2013, 10:19 15

19. aditya.k (Posts: 495; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Because iPhone dead! :P

posted on 16 May 2013, 10:34 15

23. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


iPhone will live on as long as people don't want to think too much and just want a basic and pretty smartphone from a major vendor.

posted on 16 May 2013, 14:33 2

38. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I am really impressed with Windows Phone though.

They gained 133.3% from last year. That is a pretty good start for them at least.

+1 for that comment.

Some people will not chqnge & those people will stay loyal to Apple until they utterly get sick of it.

posted on 16 May 2013, 23:30

51. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


with a magically, revolutionary and unbelievable price?

posted on 16 May 2013, 16:20 1

46. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Both are terrible phones with an army of retards backing them, save your money and wait for note 3, Sony Honami or Nexus 5.

posted on 16 May 2013, 23:59 2

52. joey_sfb (Posts: 6003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


iOS fans pay the most!

posted on 16 May 2013, 16:22 1

47. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Not "rationalizations or excuses" - FACTS. More than 95% of the phones that make up that 75% figure are $99 3.5" QVGA el crappo handsets purchased by parents for their pre-teen/teenage children.

posted on 16 May 2013, 18:39 2

49. taikucing (unregistered)


but still better than iphone

posted on 17 May 2013, 03:05 1

56. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I call Caca del Toro, show me sources for your made up 95% "FACTS"

posted on 18 May 2013, 14:36

58. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Please explain how thats even remotely possible when Verizon doesn't have that many types of Android phones.....

posted on 16 May 2013, 08:26 7

2. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


See also: PC, Mac and Amiga ca. 1993. And of course Android sales outnumber iPhones - there are a heck of a lot more of them to choose from.

posted on 17 May 2013, 02:34

54. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


and still, the Android (OS) users are much than Apple (iOS) regardless type/models. See thr truth.

Nowadays, compactibility and cross platform capability are much more important than exclusivity/lifestyle.

posted on 19 May 2013, 22:52

59. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


am talking about the OS user. OS USER. Not the type or device brand.

They just didn't want to see the truth.

posted on 16 May 2013, 08:33 6

3. shy2papa (Posts: 313; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


The fight now is going to be between BB10 and Windows Phone MS needs to do something to add more app BB10 as 120,000 apps in less than 6 months against MS 145,000 in 3 years

posted on 16 May 2013, 08:57 3

6. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


bad information. wp8 store had 125k apps on launch. wp8 needs new apps that dont work with wp7 since it doesnt share the same tech as wp7. so it's more like 125k at launch with 20k added in 6 months.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:24 4

10. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


In Google ecosystem we have fragmentation, in Microsoft they have "abandonation"(WP7.5) which is worse?

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:51 1

15. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


lol good question. dont know that answer. but if i had to guess, i'd say abandonment.

posted on 16 May 2013, 12:05 1

28. Shaznek (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


Cause the devices that are stuck at 2.3 and represent 44% of android are stil supported and receive updates from google.Right?

posted on 16 May 2013, 12:19 2

31. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Cause every single device which was launched before WP 8 did´nt get update

posted on 16 May 2013, 14:30

37. Shaznek (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


WP7 =>WP7.5 =>WP7.8 and yes there will be some devices stuck on WP7.8 but i dont think they are that many cause they didnt sell as much as WP8

posted on 16 May 2013, 14:48

40. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


I can not talk about numbers, what I know is what I said, that when MS release WP8, they ignored every device that was made for WP7.5.

And now I will speculate a little, one big reason for large fragmentation on android is that there are many low end devices that can't upgrade to newer versions, that will always happen, and now, nokia is releasing a lot of low and mid range WP, that scenario will make WP ecosystem be as fragmented as android ecosystem? For me this is a yes.

posted on 16 May 2013, 15:24

41. Shaznek (Posts: 43; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


They couldn t upgrage them to wp8 because the hardware was old, same reason many android 2.3 devices weren t updated to 4.but still they did push the 7.8 update that brought some wp8 features which is better than getting nothing.And we will see which devices won t be upgraded to the next WP version, maybe some low end devices wont get the update,but sill fragmentation is still going to be much larger on android,also due to the work that manufacturers have to do to update their skins of android(which sometimes they don't bother to do) whereas on WP microsoft pushes the update directly to all the devices that can support it.

posted on 16 May 2013, 16:08

43. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Ow, I forgot about manufacturer changes, you are absolutely right

posted on 16 May 2013, 16:10

44. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The problem is that those WP7.x devices aren't old enough to be obsolete. The Lumia 900 and 610 are barely over a year old but because they started out with outdated single-core processors, they'll never see 8.0. Call it bad timing, blame MS for controlling the specs, but for Nokia to launch a flagship like the 900 and then strand it on the previous OS nine months later is poor form.

posted on 17 May 2013, 02:43

55. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


but, 2.3 still has support from official developers while WP 7.x was abandoned by the official developer and even "the maker".

see, compactibility wins.

posted on 16 May 2013, 10:01 7

16. roldefol (Posts: 4327; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


And aren't a significant chunk of the BB10 apps quick and dirty Android ports?

posted on 16 May 2013, 08:36 11

4. FlushGordon (unregistered)


A typical Apple shill's response would be :

"That doesn't tell the whole story, Apple had the lion's share of the profits"

Yeah...but how long can they'll be able to sustain it before they'd end up like Nokia?

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