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IDC: Android, Windows Phone see robust growth, iOS plateaus, BlackBerry and others flailing

IDC: Android, Windows Phone see robust growth, iOS plateaus, BlackBerry and others flailing
Today, IDC released the breakdown of smartphone shipments by mobile operating system and the overall picture will probably not surprise you. The figures themselves just might, however.

First, we have to give a hats-off to Symbian devices which, despite the OS now relegated to maintenance mode, still moves the needle on the global market. However, when taken in the context of the drop in market share, it is plain to see the inevitable finish for that operating system.

On the side of the winners, we see that Android has expanded its reach around the world with a remarkable 73% growth in shipments year-over-year giving it a commanding 79% of the market. Apple’s iOS growth continues (albeit 20%), but at the expense of market share, down from 16.6% to 13.2%, no doubt being eaten away by its rival.

Eating just a little bit of Apple’s other side of market presence is Windows Phone, which is seeing phenomenal growth (in much lower shipment quantities of course) in its own right, shipments up 77% and growing market share from 3.1% to 3.7%. Right now, Windows Phone’s success is Nokia’s success since the company owns north of 80% of that stake. The bulk of Windows Phone’s success is certainly hammering away at another’s significant struggle.

You cannot have winners without losers and while it could be argued that the bulk of Windows Phone’s success is at the expense of Symbian (fostered by Nokia’s loyal following), it is also at the expense of BlackBerry. Shipments were down nearly 12% but market share is down from 4.9% to just 2.9%. BlackBerry is no doubt being hurt by Android and iOS as well, but Nokia’s entry level devices have been a real hit in developing markets, an area that has previously been a bit of a safe haven for previous BlackBerry designs.

IDC: Android, Windows Phone see robust growth, iOS plateaus, BlackBerry and others flailing

There has been a lot of hope pinned on BlackBerry 10, and the Z10 and Q10 are fine devices. In fairness, the days of BB10 are still very young. However, as more of the supposed flagship A10/Z30 (or whatever) is revealed, many of us cannot help but think that it will do nothing to arrest what is by all appearances, a death spiral.

Other players on the stage are contending with an ever shrinking slice of the pie. Despite this, opportunities exist at all levels and if we were to see an exerted effort by Samsung to push Tizen on the world stage, such a disruptive event would change the landscape indeed.

via: ZDNet

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posted on 07 Aug 2013, 13:44 5

1. jamesedward318 (Posts: 99; Member since: 25 Dec 2010)


Hey Apple your next move better be your best move my friends.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:22 4

5. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


after 3 android devices in a row, im going back to iOS. You couldnt pay me to use any android phone right now.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 16:16 1

15. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3325; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You won't regret it.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 19:29 2

27. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Have you tried windows phone?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 21:36

30. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


nope. wont. (for now)

my main issue with android is MMS. i want imessage, since all of my friends have iphones. im done with half baked OSs. if WP becomes a bit more established, i might give it a go next time.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 16:15

14. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3325; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


iOS 7.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:50 2

21. tedkord (Posts: 4506; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Gingerbread mk.II

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 13:44 8

2. bawboh86 (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


So, these numbers are from before the Lumia 520, 925, 928, and 1020. I can't wait to see the most recent quarter's numbers...

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:00

4. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Why do you think those numbers are prior these lumia models?

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:45 2

8. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Could it possibly have something to do with the fact that Lumia 1020 just got released?

Also, the 925, 928 are new, and the 520 barely had any chance to account for Q2's earnings report. So yes, these numbers are prior to all of these amazing smartphones by Nokia having been released...

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 15:31

11. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


As for the 1020 I agree with you, but for the other models you are just expeculating, so if you think they do not count, for me they count on this report

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:25 1

18. papss (unregistered)


I see growth which is wonderful regardless of them including all those phones. I don't see a big seller in the 1020 with its price and exclusive carrier contract but I'm not sure they are expecting big growth with it.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 13:45 6

3. nobihitoshi (banned) (Posts: 9; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


android is growing day by day
how nokia will catch samsung??
i really think its becoming hard for WP...
just increase by 0.6%

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:42 3

7. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Nobihitoshi, are you both blind and dumb? Obviously you didn't read the details of the article posted above regarding Windows Phone growth...

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 16:41 4

17. boosook (Posts: 936; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I see that WP went from 3.1 to 3.7… that's a miserable +0.6%. What's more, symbian (which means Nokia) lost 4%, of which only 0.7% switched to WP...

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 18:05 1

23. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


These statistics basically refer to Nokia's growth in the global market, and so the numbers are still perfectly acceptable. It should also be noted that Android's growth represents a number of different companies, most of which are not profitable, or are barely breaking even...

I am also willing to wager that Nokia's growth will exceed that of other competing smartphone OEM's, including Samsung, during the next five years.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 18:32 2

25. jdoee100 (Posts: 305; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


What are you talking about? Sony, HTC, LG were all profitable. So were the Chinese companies, Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi,,,etc. Most android companies were profitable last quarter, unlike Nokia.
Both MS and Nokia pumped billions of dollars to window os, their result is less than 4%. Last quarter they gained 0.6% after how many millions or billions....It would take another tens of billions of dollars to gain few more % points.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 22:07

33. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


HTC was profitable??? Are you dumb? That comment alone completely discredits anything else you might write. Oh, and if you own HTC stock, then you might want to check on your life savings ;o)

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 22:28 1

34. jdoee100 (Posts: 305; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


HTC (Q2 2013) - net profit NT$1.25bn ($42m).
Nokia (Q2 2013) - operating loss of €115 million ($150 million).
HTC profited $42 millions dollars and Nokia lost $150 millions dollars last quarter.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:23 5

6. gazmatic (Posts: 562; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


yeah wp

unless you are a diehard tweaker that loves endless customization wp is perfect for you

people get so jealous when they see my l920

the best advertisement for wp is a wp phone in the hand

its strange because bb and galaxy are the only brand names in my country yet everybody knows what a lumia is

^_^

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:31 3

20. papss (unregistered)


Agreed..I am past all the tweaking days on my phone.. I just want a solid beautiful OS that doesn't require an insane amount of maintenance to use. I have my pro/iPad in my backpack and my yellow 1020 in my pocket

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:53 2

22. tedkord (Posts: 4506; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I've had one in hand. It wasn't bad, but there was nothing that would make me switch. If I wanted a walled garden, I'd have gotten an iPhone years ago.

Metro is fugly.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 18:08 3

24. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


How did your credit card No. get stolen on the internet? Oh wait, your smartphone runs Android...

I'll take my WP8 walled garden, thank you very much.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 21:50 1

32. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea...because credit card No. never got stolen on the internet before Android.

:/

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 18:56 1

26. papss (unregistered)


To each his own man.. All have good and bad qualities. Just depends on what you will forgive and what you won't.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 14:49 5

9. SingDaFire (Posts: 74; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


+1 for you gazmatic.. That's true, the best way to advertise is to hold it and show off to the People .. I have a Lumia 720 yellow, whenever people or my friends see's it they're like what is that phone it looks really good ;) I've converted 3 of my friends to WP just by showing my phone

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 19:40

28. -box- (Posts: 3749; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Same here. The colors are instantly different and recognizable. I got so many compliments on my Lumia 900, but since switching to the 925 it is much more anonymous, especially in T-Mobile White, but I do have some colored cases on their way. They should have offered it in at least gray since they were going for a more professional look.

No wonder apple is allegedly copying the colors for the cheap plastiPhoneC

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 15:09 5

10. Credo (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Yeah me too, they are all surprised when they see my shiny new cyan 920, i have converted about 6 friends , they all told me that they now understand why i was so excited for my phone .... that says enough in my opinion that Windows Phone is really good!

Greetzz.

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 02:51

35. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2494; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Hey Credo,

Your Greetzz. is back.

Nice... :)

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 15:47 1

12. livyatan (Posts: 680; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


"Phenomenal growth" of Windows Phone???
Facepalm..
It grew by 3.7 million units compared to last year quarter.

LG, HUAWEI AND ZTE EACH(Sony almost being there too) grew more y-o-y, than the whole windows phone!

Phenomenal indeed ..journalism these days..

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 15:55

13. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 980; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


This is somewhat an accurate statement about the current mobile OS today. Most people will go with either Apple or Android and have been for years. I like what Windows is doing, but they're still too new to put a dent in the Android vs. Apple war........for now

As for Blackberry, they waited too long to make a statement and may be too late to get back to where they were 3 to 4 years ago. I have an Android device and will continue to do so because of the amount of freedom I can do with the device. Another reason would be the availability of devices like Samsung, Motorola, and LG.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 16:16 1

16. RevFrylok (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


I agree with you. Blackberry just needs to call it day. Android and Apple have taken over the market. Blackberry's new OS is just too little, too late.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 17:29

19. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 980; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


yup yup. My first smartphone was the Blackberry Curve 9310 in 2007 and it was a nice starter smartphone.............but i wouldnt dare buy another Blackberry with the way Android and even Windows Phone is better than Blackberry

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 21:48 2

31. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


For WP...I dont see how 4.9 to 8.7; 3.1 to 3.7 = robust growth. Its growth....but not robust IMO.

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