Android gains leading market share at iOS' expense in the past quarter

Android gains leading market share at iOS' expense in the past quarter
Strategy Analytics reports that 88% of all 375 million smartphones shipped in the third quarter of 2016 run Android. The growth in its market share comes at the expense of its rival iOS, whose presence dropped due to lackluster sales in the China and Africa regions. Meanwhile, BlackBerry and Windows-powered handsets have disappeared from the charts due to their insignificant market share.

As a whole, though, device shipments are up 6% this quarter, with Android device shipments rising 10.3% and Apple phones falling 5.2%. Strategy Analytics argues that Android's leading position is secure for the time being, although the problem of very few manufacturers turning a profit still persists.

According to the analysts, the launch of the Google Pixel phones is not going to remedy the situation, as the handsets compete against ones made by companies whose products once popularized Android.

Despite that, Android runs on 9 out of 10 smartphones sold, which is an enviable turnout for any operating system.

source: Strategy Analytics

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69 Comments

1. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Wow. Blackberry and Wireless brows are globally nonexistent. What a pity.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21618; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry also releases Android handsets, as well as being involved in a slew of things outside of hardware, yet still pertaining to mobile, so the "globally nonexistent" part is an exaggeration, at best.

16. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

As much as I hate IOS and windows phone and blackberry, this is not good for the consumers Being 88℅ is too much and it would kill all the competitions that mobile phones need right now I hope there will be a third operation system to add more things to the table

20. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Android is an open source OS. Android phones also use standard ports and common hardware. None of the Android manufacturers or Google are in a position to force users to buy their phones or dictate how the industry run. Nine out of ten users prefer Android phones over iPhone. If Apple didn't force their vision of how your phone should work down your throat, didn't charge outrageous prices for cheap hardware (most Android phones cost more than the iPhone to produce), and didn't purposely remove or not include standard ports on their devicesin order to force you to pay extra for accessories maybe they would sell more phones. Apple doesn't really care as long as their profit margins are high, but how low can their market share go before it starts dipping heavily into their profits? There has to be a point of diminishing returns (hope I'm using the term correctly).

49. ashrafalhujaili

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 03, 2014

Completely agree with you, I was just saying that even if the competitions exist" between oems" it doesn't exist as operating systems Android is really mature now and there is almost nothing to add more , just small little pieces to add every year

68. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Most Chinese had already sold one of their kidneys for an iPhone 3GS, they can't afford a new iPhone.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7043; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is Android is free for anyone to take and use on any device they want. However if you want Google's play store, apps, and services, then you have to pay to use those. Why do think a few countries have already taken Android and made their own devices using Android. Look at India has a few homegrown smartphone OEMs using Android. Russia has a couple of smartphone OEMs as well. Brazil is looking at a homegrown OEMs now. China has a number of OEMs using Android. Then there is Amazon and a few others using Android. The IoT and SBCs market has a number of Android versions that run on these devices and boards as well. So it's no surprise that Android is very prolific. Android is running on everything from phones, tablets, laptops, watches, cars, TVs, toys, appliances, VR and AR devices, IoT and SBCs, and more. It's no wonder why it has grown do much. Plus it runs on top of Linux which supports more hardware than any other OS on the planet now.

27. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

sgodsell, I wish I could like your comment (upvote it) more than! Linux FTW!

30. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Windows mobile is also free for use

24. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Don't forget that all the Android oem's are competing with one another and have to improve as well. Case in point: Just look at what Samsung's done with their touchwiz overlay and all the innovation it's brought over the years before stock Android did the same. So while I'd like a third or fourth competing OS out there, at least the openness of Android does allow some innovative competition.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Android was 88% of the phones sold. It would have been 90% if Samsung hadn't had some problems. But that's ok. The S8 is going to sell like hotcakes. The best OS is top dog

35. Unordinary unregistered

The best OS lags on $28 phones with zero features and zero support? Most of the market share are crap plastic devices that have android on them but can only make phone calls and texts, while taking 1.2 MP photos lmao. Lets be real lmfao.

50. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

With am average sale price around or over $200, you couldn't be more wrong. $200 buys you a very capable phone.

58. ebilcake

Posts: 1221; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

You're as clueless as ever.

41. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"But that's ok. The S8 is going to sell like hotcakes." Let's all hope it doesn't burn like hotcakes as well :D.

67. TBomb

Posts: 1286; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Idk how these numbers work, but could they be counting the original Note 7s and the new Note 7s and then the 3rd replacement devices in these numbers? So basically, it would get counted 3x. I don't know - I'm just asking

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21618; Member since: May 28, 2014

Android is marching on, and at expense of its nearest competitor, iOS. We desperately need another player in mobile OS wise, as duopolies SUCK and we as consumers will definitely be the ones to benefit from added CHOICE.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why do they suck? We voted them their with out wallets. You don't need 3 options. Justb2 good ones. You only need to switch back and forth when you get bored. Pepsi and Coke. Other sodas are good, they just are t the best. Pizza Hut and Dominos. Nor great pizza, but better than every one else. McDonald's and BK. Not the best burgers in the world, just more popular. Third place is an honorable mention, nonloinys for 2nd place either. It's winner takes all. It could be worse. IOS could have been that 90%.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21618; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not everyone voted for them with their wallets. And the more choices available, the more the consumer benefits. You're an absolute fool if you believe otherwise. Not everyone is a fan of iOS and Android. Why is that so hard for you to understand? Pepsi and Coke are the absolute WORST sodas that you can consume. As matter of fact, soda on a whole is absolute junk, so if you think junk is the best, then you must own a junkyard. I prefer Italian style pizza to Chicago style pizza any day of the week, so Pizza Hut and Dominoes are definitely not the best, as far as I'm concerned. Wendy's (back when I ate that stuff) is better than McDonalds and Burger King as far as taste and freshness go. What is it with people like you that don't prefer CHOICE, and that don't realize that the more CHOICE we consumers have, the better off we are? Less choice equals stagnation. More choice equals innovation. It's that simple.

21. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Techie is right. We do vote with our wallets. Unfortunately, not enough people were interested in the alternatives (webOS, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows Phone) to make profitable or the companies that owned these platforms didn't of a good job of promoting them. Either way, each platform was given a fair shot and the vast majority of people/manufacturers chose Android.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7043; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Meanestgenius loves his WP/W10M. However he won't blame Microsoft for any wrong doing on their part. Microsoft is to blame for their current market share. You cannot blame anyone else for their market share collapse. The thing is Apple is a closed OS, with a wall garden ecosystem. Microsoft today is another closed OS, with a different wall garden ecosystem. Well Microsoft's ecosystem is lacking. Android's OS is open and OEMs can add, test, or use any type of hardware with any Android device. Microsoft's OS is restricted and OEMs can only use certain types of Processors, or hardware that Microsoft supports. OEMs have to wait for Microsoft to support the hardware that they want to use. Whereas Android uses Linux, and Linux supports much more hardware than Windows today.

29. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"The thing is Apple is a closed OS, with a wall garden ecosystem. Microsoft today is another closed OS, with a different wall garden ecosystem. Well Microsoft's ecosystem is lacking. Android's OS is open and OEMs can add, test, or use any type of hardware with any Android device. Microsoft's OS is restricted and OEMs can only use certain types of Processors, or hardware that Microsoft supports. OEMs have to wait for Microsoft to support the hardware that they want to use. Whereas Android uses Linux, and Linux supports much more hardware than Windows today." Wtf are you talking about? None of that has anything to do with, well, anything.

52. meanestgenius

Posts: 21618; Member since: May 28, 2014

Do you actually READ what I type, or do you just post based off of the fact that Android is lodged firmly up your backside while you hate on everything else? I'm firmly aware of Microsoft's position in mobile, and how they got there. Furthermore, of you actually payed attention to what I post, it's mainly in support of BlackBerry, a company that now makes Android devices as well, of which one is part of my daily drivers. Nothing else of what you said even remotely makes senses compared to what I was saying. All I see here is your normal diatribe praising Android, all while you denounce everything else. How about you remove the Green robot tinted shades from your face and actually realize that Android is not "be all, end all" savior OS that you so blindly believe, along with a few others here. It's fanboying idiots like you that make me ashamed to be an actual Android user, as you think that the world only needs Android. Newsflash: Duopolies suck, but monopolies suck even more so. CHOICE is what's best for the consumer, as in CHOICE of OS.

51. meanestgenius

Posts: 21618; Member since: May 28, 2014

I never said that "we" don't vote with out wallets. I said not everyone, meaning not everyone purchased an iOS or Android device. And don't forget, the majority of people once voted for Symbian, and where is it now? Nothing lasts forever. But we need CHOICE. To sit here and say we don't is ludicrous.

59. Jackdaw

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

You can't except companies that are not profitable to stay in business just to give other options and provide us more choices on the market. At the end of the day, everyone's after the money. And you vote for that with your money.

65. meanestgenius

Posts: 21618; Member since: May 28, 2014

Is anyone actually reading what I'm posting? Nowhere did I say that I expect companies that aren't profitable to stay in business just to give another option, I said WE NEED MORE OPTIONS. It doesn't matter where it comes from, we just need it. And NOWHERE did I say that you DON'T vote with your money. I said NOT EVERYONE voted for Android and iOS with their money. Try READING what I typed, then comment.

66. TerryTerius unregistered

That is true to a certain point. Overchoice is very much a thing, at which point it becomes a detriment. That said, I agree with you.

69. meanestgenius

Posts: 21618; Member since: May 28, 2014

As long as we have more choices than the current two, my dude. Duopolies don't do anyone any good. Could you imagine if all we had to choose between U.S. carriers was Verizon and AT&T? That's what it's like now having Android and iOS dominate everything. I'm not saying that they're bad operating systems, but we need more to keep them on their toes, keep them fresh and innovating, or all we'll continue to get is more of the same.

37. Unordinary unregistered

The soda comment: that was stupid The pizza comment: stupid Fast food: stupid Those are all subjective. Duolopies suck for the consumer. Learn a thing or two

33. randomCommenter69

Posts: 12; Member since: May 03, 2016

Make Windows Phone good for a third choice. I hope MS delivers next year with the Surface Phone.

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