ABI: Fourth quarter Android smartphone shipments fall on a sequential basis

ABI: Fourth quarter Android smartphone shipments fall on a sequential basis
Is the bloom off of the rose? According to data compiled by ABI, global shipments of Android smartphones (not including those shipped with a forked version of Android) totaled 205.56 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. That was a 5% decline from the 217.49 million units shipped in the third quarter. The holiday quarter is usually a time of high demand in the industry.

Android shipments were affected by the smashing success of the larger-screened Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Apple raised the size of the display on its new models from 4-inches to 4.7-inches on the iPhone 6 and 5.5-inches for the iPhone 6 Plus. The 74.5 million iPhones shipped by Apple over the last three months of the year were up a whopping 90% from the 39.27 million units shipped by Apple in the previous quarter.

Shipments of forked Android powered handsets in the fourth quarter declined slightly to 85 million phones from 85.47 million shipped in Q3. Windows Phone shipments rose 19% sequentially from 9.02 million in the third quarter to 10.70 million the following quarter.

Overall, smartphone shipments rose to 378 million units in the fourth quarter, a gain of 7% from the 354.44 million handsets shipped in the third quarter.

source: ABI via FierceWireless


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