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Android remains top US smartphone platform, grows even stronger worldwide

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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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posted on 29 Jul 2013, 05:25 11

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

All hail Android!

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 06:12 3

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Android rulz...

In other news, BB is cratering.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 07:02 5

7. sid07desai (Posts: 290; Member since: 03 May 2012)

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

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 07:08 2

8. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Google buy Apple? Impossible! xD

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:21 1

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 24958; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Now that was a good one.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 13:19

26. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


posted on 29 Jul 2013, 05:32

2. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

Looks like a B-grade study.

Look at IDC report for much more professional views.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 05:57 6

3. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 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.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 05:59 3

5. Victor.H (Posts: 790; Member since: 27 May 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.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 07:28 4

9. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 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.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 07:59

10. Victor.H (Posts: 790; Member since: 27 May 2011)

Hah, hilarious! Thanks for sharing that!

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 05:59 2

4. jharkem17 (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Jul 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.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:06 6

11. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 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.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:06 5

13. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:41 2

14. jharkem17 (Posts: 21; Member since: 29 Jul 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.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:21 3

16. Teeeyoo (Posts: 98; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:29 1

18. Teeeyoo (Posts: 98; Member since: 13 Jul 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..

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 16:27 1

24. MartyK (Posts: 947; Member since: 11 Apr 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.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:06 3

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.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 12:14

22. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 08:43 4

15. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Open source has the power.

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 09:41 3

19. skyline88 (Posts: 610; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 10:50 1

20. iGeek (Posts: 171; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 12:09 2

21. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 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.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 13:20

27. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)

your a retard

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 12:52

23. Charlie_boy (Posts: 71; Member since: 04 Jan 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?

posted on 29 Jul 2013, 18:28 1

25. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

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

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 09:39

28. Charlie_boy (Posts: 71; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)

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

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