ABI Research: First quarter Android sales dominate, Windows Phone continues growth, BlackBerry evaporates

In total, nearly 430 million mobile devices shipped in the first quarter of 2014, down about 1% from the first quarter a year ago. Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices each saw growth, while basic phone shipments shrank, and BlackBerry devices, both OS 10 and legacy, no longer register on the scale.

Android smartphones saw about a 24% year-on-year growth, shipping a little over 187 million units. Devices that use the Android Open Source Project added 53 million on top of that, showing again that Android remains the big boy on the block.

iOS shipments in the first quarter numbers 43.7 million devices, representing a 17% growth from the same quarter last year. Windows Phone saw 119% growth year-on-year, shipping over 13 million devices. The platform was distinct as it carried gains following the holiday quarter of 2013 whereas all other mobile OS-es contracted a bit. Despite the growth in sales, overall sales activity places Windows Phone in a very distant third behind Android and iOS.

The real story unfortunately is BlackBerry. Sales of OS 10 and BlackBerry OS (OS 7), have fallen off a cliff, with year-on-year sales activity declining 44% and 86% respectively. In the first quarter of 2013, BlackBerry shipped 981,000 OS 10 devices. In the fourth quarter, that number dipped to 765,000. For the first quarter this year, shipments fell again to 550,000.

Sales of BlackBerry legacy devices, such as the BlackBerry 9900 series, evaporated, falling from more than 5 million devices shipped in the first quarter of 2013, 3.5 million in the fourth quarter, to only 750,000 in the first quarter this year.

BlackBerry’s sales, according to figures released by ABI research today, now arguably put the platform in the “other” category since sales shares are not even registering 1%.

Basic feature phones still have significant sales globally, but they too, are declining, 44% year-on-year. That trend will continue as smart devices get even more affordable.

sources: Business Wire via WPCentral



1. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Question! What would be the difference between an 'Android' phone and a phone that uses the 'Android Open Source Project'?

3. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

I'm not certain, but I think they are differentiating between something like the HTC One (M8) vs. the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition with pure vanilla Android. Same phone, different software configuration. I could be wrong.

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I think the Nokia X might be one...Kindle might be in the AOSP category too. IMO...I hate that some folks try to separate AOSP from Android as we know it on s majority of OEM phones....the A in AOSP stand for Android....whether its Google's version, Nokia's, Amzons, or AOSP. Its still Android in the end.

64. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Nokia posted that there smartphone sales were down by 30% from the previous quarter. Not to mention Nokia has 90% of all WP sales. So who should we believe here. When you add up both Android categories. It still adds up to 240 million Androids phones.

67. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Nokia posted that overall phone sales, which includes smartphones, feature phones and basic phones. If only you would read properly...

73. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Hmm, ABI stated last quarter stated that 150.4 million Android phones sold, and 71 million AOSP phones. Blackberry sold 3.1 million phones, and 1.1 million Blackberry 10 OS phones. Now this quarter they are saying that the last quarter 188 million Android phones, and 53 million AOSP phones. Blackberry sold 550,000 phones, and 750,000 Blackberry 10 OS phones. Clearly ABI research to sum it up, is horrible and cannot be trusted. Get your data correct first, because all ABI did is loose their credibility. https://www.abiresearch.com/press/q4-2013-smartphone-os-results-is-google-losing-con

81. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I believe the difference might be "sold" (lower number) versus shipped (higher number). Very possible, if not probable, because it is rare for all phones to be sold at any given time, and companies are likely to overproduce for the holiday shopping season.

106. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

But they are off by 38 million Android phones. They may as well make up the numbers then. My God if you are trying to say sold vs shipped. Yeah, Right! Clearly looking at numbers is not your thing. ABI research stated back in January 29 2014. That Android sold/shipped 150.4 million. Now ABI research claims that for the same period in time 188.2 Android sold/shipped instead of the 150.4 that they stated. They are off from the previous time that they reported by 38 million Android units. That's 38 million that they missed from the last time they reported. Now I don't care if its shipped or sold. Its bad reporting and they lost credibility. They did the same thing for Blackberry as well. Oh, and btw it would mean that 38 million more Android phones from the last time ABI reported sold or shipped more for that same quarter.

91. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

2015 Q1 (December 1- March 1) BlackBerry generated revenue for only 1.3 Million BlackBerry devices in the hardware division These is a difference between sold through and shipping. Also, There is a difference between the BlackBerry fiscal year and the regular one. Just check the financial earning report of BlackBerry

5. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Google Services, not all Android handsets have them. Anyone can use the Android code but not everyone chooses to install the Google services because they have to pay for them.

63. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

100% of android phones in china DO NOT have google services. so they would be counted in the AOSP portion.

72. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

And that's a lot of phones. Explains why Apple struggles to get traction in China, pricing and home grown OEMs dominate them every quarter.

37. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Be happy for choices people WP is here to stay despite what the haters may say.

57. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I am glad there are suckers to hold on to the competition. I am not spending a cent on it because it just don't make economic sense. Android has full user flexibility. iOS has their exclusive apps. WP has loud fan boys and what else?...

61. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Plus there all jealous and in full anger rage 4% share vs Android and ios both domination

65. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

WP has a modern looking UI that all your beloved Android OEMs are copying. Also, it has a growing ecosystem of quality third party apps, not to mention the great services and apps from MS & Nokia. It also has a lot of jealous haters.

74. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Is that why Microsoft added so many new features in WP 8.1 that were only found in Android and iOS. WP 8.1 is still catching up to Android. There is even talks of Windows going to add Widgets like Androids. Also Android can have any UI it wants. Its easy enough to change it. Unlike WP. I guess that is why Microsoft and Nokia made the 3 Nokia X devices have a UI that looks like WP.

76. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Only WP fans like the metro interface. I don't fancy it, because of the fighting color scheme. iOS has a better color scheme, their colors harmonious. To me either Microsoft is stupid about design theory or they are trying to swim upstream. The 80 20 rule apply guess who is the one in the 20 per cent. WP fans in the 20 per cent while most people hate it.

82. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You might not like the metro UI, but your favorite Android OEMs sure do. Hence they copy WP with similar features or apps. Eg: BlinkFeed or Magazine UX. And speak for yourself. The metro UI is positively accepted and acclaimed by most. Again a blind jealous hater like you won't understand cuz of your limited knowledge and understanding. So troll on!

83. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not even remotely similar. I have thinkcenter windows 8.1, notepro 12.2, iOS 7. WP fans must be blind not just color blind.

86. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Keep deluding yourself dude if it makes you happy.

90. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes! you worry about keeping me happy? LOL! Look at my first comment! I have nothing against WP or their fans I just not spending money on it. I do buy other Microsoft product such as Xbox 360 and the full fledge windows. And yes! their metro UI suck!!! Is it a crime to you that I don't like it. Glee! WP fans are super annoying.

92. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Annoying ? Like the Annoying Orange.

108. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm sorry, but Windows Phone UI is ugly, and the quality of Microsoft’s programs are the worst. The FBI is even telling people to not use Internet Explorer due to its security flaws. Cortana come out YEARS after Google Now and Siri, and it can't even set simple reminders (The most basic of features of a digital assistant). They will forever be playing catch-up with Google and Apple. Any exclusive software Microsoft offers is weak compared to the offerings of Google and Apple.

89. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

nokia x, kindle, various chinese brands without Google services.

100. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

AOSP phones cannot have Google's apps and services.

101. boblight

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

An Android Phone that you see out there that is installed on most of those "Android phone" is considered a Google Android. That means that Google services are installed onto them, and modified by Google themselves. AOSP, in its purest form, is just a bunch of open source codes that is available for anyone and everyone to use and modify to see fit. Nokia X is considered to be using the AOSP. Here's an article by PA themselves to help you clarify. http://www.phonearena.com/news/The-Google-Android-fork-Google-Play-services-Android-4.4-and-the-Nexus-Experience_id48229

2. Sauce unregistered

If WP keeps up that 119% YOY, they'll be in good places… …in a few decades… ….unless Android or iOS dies tomorrow.

6. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Good trolling there I see. BTW how's your iToy holding up?

8. Sauce unregistered

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