By December, there will be 800 million Android phones active vs. 300 million Apple iPhones
down from the 70% of the global smartphone market that Android owned in the third quarter of 2012. With 21% of the global smartphone market, iOS will be on 294 million active smartphones by the end of the year.
The real excitement is for third place, a battle expected to be fought between BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone. Windows Phone is expected to have 3% of the global market by the end of December,which works out to 45 million units. ABI sees 20 million BlackBerry 10 units in users' hands by the end of the year. A little better performance from BlackBerry, or a little worse from Windows Phone and we could see a surprise in this battle by year end.
ABI Research is still seeing rapid growth in the tablet market, which is still in its infancy. A 125% growth in the global tablet market would result in 268 million slates available by the end of the year. 62% will run iOS and 28% will be Android flavored.
22. hepresearch (unregistered)
Windows Phone has hardly arrived in comparison to Android...
They must mean Windows, as in the PC version.
25. lucasho2312 (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
I'm tired of these people from future. As far as I know, there is no android version for pc or do you guys really think that blue stack is that powerful. You guys really need to talk facts and stop saying meaningless things.
26. hepresearch (unregistered)
Not talking about equivalency of the products... only ubiquity. Windows PC's have been the ubiquitous PC of the last two-and-a-half decades, and now Android is on the verge of becoming the new ubiquitous personal processing product of this next decade. More people across the world now have mobile phones than PC's, and since 70% of all smartphones (worldwide, not just the US) are Android - well, that makes Android ready to take over soon. Yeah, Android is not what I would consider a PC replacement, but the economic 'votes' of the people HAVE spoken. Welcome to the dawn of the post-PC era...
2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Wait.. Android 57% ,iOS 21%, WP 3 %, BB 1.5-2%.. that's about 83 percent total!
What am I missing here?? Wil Symbian grow and take over the rest? Lol
And how can Android lose market share if it rakes over 150 million units per quarter, more than 3 times what Apple does ??
5. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1276; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Android is not losing market, that's just Alan's interpretation... Android gets between 65% and 70% of the market share every quarter (last year at least) but that does not mean it has (yet) 70% of the total installations. That part is still growing as Symbian devices are going down.
In other words, he is mixing quarterly market share figures with total installed devices figures... Not precisely a very clear to put things.
8. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Well then the article is clearly wrong.
It states Android had 70 % of installed base in December 2012, and that this will go down by next December.
Very poor interpretation.
The reality is that it had 70 % of market share DURING last December (new activations), and that it should have 57% of overall installed base by next December.
There will still be a huge number of old Symbian devices in use by then, and that's where the confusion is coming from.
23. hepresearch (unregistered)
No surprise. Symbian was a 2+ billion unit lifetime juggernaut. I still have a couple of them myself. For being a dead OS, Symbian devices seem to have a LONG half-life outside of the US. It will take another year at full performance for Android to finally surpass Symbian for the total all-time units-sold record.
3. imsickwithsmartphone (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Go GREEN ROBOT!!
let's conquer the world!!!
4. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Android's huge popularlity is remarkable, but too bad it also has the biggest problem with smartphone malware and data theft ;o)
6. Luuthian (Posts: 222; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
Not really... Depends how you're using your phone. These are issues known to be well overblown.
7. dsDoan (Posts: 224; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
Do you have experience with this, or are you repeating things you've read on the internet?
9. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
He is following M$ campaigns too honestly :)
15. jroc74 (Posts: 5258; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I have banking apps, I used to have eTrade, I login to hotmail and GMail and other things from my phone. My credit card is linked to the Play Store. And Amazon apps.
My data is intact, and I block more malware on my PC than I got hit with on my phone. In fact....I actually had data stolen .....from my PC. Never on my phone, not yet anyway.
I think Android, and Google's biggest problem is FUD, BS spread by others.
18. jroc74 (Posts: 5258; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Then again.....anything with a huge marketshare has a chance to be a bigger target.
I also dont have any security onmy phones...I have 5 on my PC.
19. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
I've been using Android for over a year and a half, now. I've never had any malware issues--nor data theft. I don't even use an antivirus. My phone has (supposedly) a 256-bit Government grade encryption for outgoing data transmission.
Microsoft will always use malware scare tactics against Androids to try and sway customers. Trust the Android community...not the posers.
10. jameshoe (unregistered)
But 200 million of Android smartphone users hope they could use apple iphone
13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9689; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Correction: 200 million Android users are GLAD they aren't using an app drawer phone with a hefty price tag.
20. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
LOL what app drawer?! xD
Btw Papa, love the avatar!!!
11. wando77 (Posts: 507; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
My friend and his son are both selling there iPhone 4s to get a galaxy s3 and the son is selling his iPad to get a note 10.1. After playing around with my phone and tablet they think they are better than the apple products. Things like split screen multitasking blew them away as they had previously been brain washed into thinking android phones/tablets were naff.
12. speckledapple (Posts: 887; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
I am happy to have contributed to the total for the Note 2 on the year.
14. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1575; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
WP 8 to be in the top two with Android!
17. lucasho2312 (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
really wanna see what BB can do. Just a question, can BB run Android apps as the rumors said ?
21. TheMan (Posts: 434; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
These numbers don't mean much without comparing what the installed base is as of the end 2012. Anyone have these figures?
24. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
windows will beat blackberry for a few reasons
like having Samsung, HTC and Nokia WPs
Also its just to big to fail before Blackberry because of Windows 8