Android remains top US smartphone platform, grows even stronger worldwide

Android remains top US smartphone platform, grows even stronger worldwide
Android remains the most popular smartphone platform in the United States, and it has raised its share in most parts across the globe, according to latest research from Kantar WorldPanel for the three months ending in June 2013.

Android’s market share slipped just a tiny bit in the United States, where Apple remains a close runner-up. Still, Android holds 51.5% of the US market, while the iPhone has 42.5%.

Across the globe, though, Android has continued its explosive growth. As major Latin American markets are massively quitting BlackBerry and Symbian, Android is easily eating up their share and its growth pace is simply tremendous. In the world’s largest smartphone market in China, Android continues to grow its share and clearly dominates the landscape. The same is true for some European countries like Spain where Android has the incredible 91% of the market.

The picture is the same everywhere - BlackBerry and Symbian are fading out, and their share is mostly taken up by Android. Apple’s iPhone is also growing, but at much slower pace.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone enjoys some success in certain countries, but in others it only continues to lose marketshare. Europe’s France is probably one of Windows Phone’s most successful territories, but in the largest markets like China, the United States and Germany Microsoft’s platform is either falling or up only very, very slightly.


source: Kantar

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28 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

All hail Android!

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Android rulz... In other news, BB is cratering.

7. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

YES!!!! I hope someday, Google buys Apple. :P

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Google buy Apple? Impossible! xD

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30672; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that was a good one.

26. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

Troll

2. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Looks like a B-grade study. Look at IDC report for much more professional views.

3. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Kantar and IDC normally have pretty comparable statistics, I think this is pretty close to the truth. Windows Phone is slowly growing, a very nice sign.

5. Victor.H

Posts: 1020; Member since: May 27, 2011

I wouldn't call Kantar B-grade study. Actually, I would not put full trust in any of those analytical agencies, but - personal opinion - IDC has often times been much worse. IDC's track record is not good at all when it comes to predictions. First, in 2011 it claimed Windows Phone would have a 20.3% market share in 2015. Next year, it said that Windows Phone's share would be 19% in 2016. A month later, it revised the number to 11.4%. Moral of the story - look for multiple sources for the truth.

9. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Just for the laughs, here you have the first of their predictions> "IDC sees that Nokia remains the top selling smartphone throughout the world. That will allow the Symbian OS to remain number one worldwide. Number two will be a fast moving Android. Google's open source OS will be powering 68 million smartphones by 2013 " Reality check: around 10x the predicted installations as now it's welll over 600 millions for Android and for a long time the first OS in market. Symbian nearlly dissapeared and so is Nokia at least in numbers.http://www.phonearena.com/news/IDC-says-Android-to-become-second-largest-OS-to-Symbian-by-2013_id9157

10. Victor.H

Posts: 1020; Member since: May 27, 2011

Hah, hilarious! Thanks for sharing that!

4. jharkem17

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 29, 2013

The world is going backward. It is really sad to see good companies such as Nokia, Blackberry, Motorola, Palm, Sony and others behind the shadows of crappy manufacturer such as Samsung, Apple..Piggy China manufacturers such as Lenovo, Huewie and ZTE. The likes of Sony, Nokia, doing hardworks and multi million research to bring innovations to the world, yet people ignore them they prefer crappy plastics from samsung, htc..wherein in technical paper white and black these companies dont have any innovations at all they bought innovations " copy and paste" I myself has been a technical support for more than 4 years now and before a certain a manufacturer launhc a product they forward us a copy of " known issue of there device" And I can testify in every launch samsung and Htc forwards us more than 10 pages device error compare to nokias 2 pages error. We need to wake.. If you are a wise consumer you know your pick unless your like a feather- you go for what you hear and see on t.v A million of apps is useless if you cant use them to enrich your life Innovation is not all about the resolution to see youtube videos.

11. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I'm not sure I can agree with you here. Technology has advanced incredibly fast through competition. No doubt Nokia and Sony are great companies. But, the fact people "Ignore" them is because they are lacking an attraction factor important for remaining relevant. What does it matter if Samsung incorporates "Cheap plastics?" Sales seem to contend that it is the overall protocol within the handset's operational aspects that people are attracted to. Samsung has got it together in offering a very comprehensive device while retaining important wish lists from most mainstream users. Marketing is a great tool in helping to elevate the attraction quotient. Sony and Nokia seem to have failed to deliver in this area. I've owned Sony and Nokia products. No complaints of either will be heard from me as I enjoyed owning both. But, honestly, the Samsung Galaxy 4 with Android, is simply the best phone I have ever owned. John B.

13. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Samsung and Apple... crappy ??? dafuq ? you must be MAD cause of the domination they have ;)

14. jharkem17

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 29, 2013

Samsung is like PSY he got all the fame but at the end of the day he still can't be called a musician. Apple is like justin beiber..got all the power, money, phenomenal and made history but still he is just up to that. no substance and willo never grow up.

16. Teeeyoo

Posts: 99; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

I believe you have your point but i strongly disagree that both samsung and apple have no innovations..

18. Teeeyoo

Posts: 99; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

Also you think that we made choices just bec of what we hear and saw on tv? I thnk every people here read reviews..and if all people read reviews before buying i dont thnk so they will all agree of what you are saying..i thnk you are just mad..madness can kill dude..

24. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I agree/disagree.. Those companies you name brought this death upon themself, they fail to to see the written on the wall, they chose to listen to a few of their fanatics verse the majority. If these companies would had took the HTC/ Samsung approach early they would had been around to produces newer products, but their CEO's and Fans refuse to embrace the changes. HTC fail because HTC decided, they were going to STOP supporting their products (OS) upgrades. Actually Nexus product could rule Android's world if Nexus decided to add SD card and removable battery... just imagine, a Nexus 5.5 with SD CARD and with or without removeable battery. Samsung Notes Series would be destroy.

12. ilia1986 unregistered

Oh I am sorry but the day Nokia decided that a resistive touch screen is as good as a capacitive one, they became irrelevant in my book. I am a very very very angry ex-owner of the Nokia 5800.

22. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Who cares what Nokia did with a phone 4 years ago?

15. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Open source has the power.

19. skyline88

Posts: 696; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

............meanwhile, in Apple HQ, sound of scratching heads are heard, from miles away....

20. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

iOS sales up ... Android sales down ... Finally people are understanding it

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Actually, you fail to understand as a small decrease in the percentage of smart phones sold does technically mean that the number of smart phones sold decreased.

27. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

your a retard

23. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

Am I the only one who wonders why we compare this quarter's earnings from the same quarter last year? maybe some kind of financial concept or something.. I honestly don't get it. Can someone explain how it becomes relevant?

25. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Why do people celebrate birthdays? It's because people tend to think annually in terms of changes over time.

28. Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

thanks.. simple but you made me realize something there... thumbs up to you!

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