Android smartphones sales driven by big screen phones, growing everywhere except for... the U.S.

Android smartphones sales driven by big screen phones, growing everywhere except for... the U.S.
Google’s Android platform continues to grow at a fast pace and interestingly that growth is hugely driven by phones with screens bigger than 4.5 inches. Android smartphones grew their market share virtually everywhere except for... the United States, according to latest data by analysts from Kantar WorldPanel ComTech.

Nearly every third Android device sold recently had a screen larger than 4.5 inches, a fact that would silence critics fiercely defending the usage superiority of smaller displays. With that big picture in mind, a bigger screened new iPhone can’t come any sooner.

Looking back at the stats, Android gained big in Europe where now two thirds of smartphones sold run on Google’s platform. And actually the same happened just about everywhere. In all major markets Android grew with one notable exception being the States where its share slipped by 4.5% while iOS grew by 9%.

Kantar also looked at the way devices with bigger screens affected what users do on them and it comes as no surprise that more advanced devices with larger displays are used for a wider array of services. For example, only a fifth of smartphone users with devices with screens smaller than 3 inches watch video, while for phablets with screens over 5 inches that percentage is 65.

“It is interesting to look at the impact a larger screen size has on how consumers use their smartphones, particularly as the line between tablets and smartphones becomes more blurred,” analyst Dominic Sunnebo said.

Take a look at just how interestingly smartphones sales moved in the last 12 weeks and how Android gains almost everywhere.

source: Kantar via Tech Crunch



1. phljcnth

Posts: 553; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

That just means that there's no revolutionary 4-inch screen anymore. Hah!

10. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Americans are smart. They don't buy those s**tty android brick. They go for the sophisticated touch and feel of the iPhone B-) I will find pride in every thumb down - a sign that fandroids are pissed ! :D

12. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Your mom must be so proud of you, and iOS being a dumbed down version of a proper OS I can see why some people find if "easier" to use.

13. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

yea thats why the share for android is still higher than iOS ! LOL

14. Retro-touch unregistered

I wouldn't be so proud of using a phone whose functions and use are dictated by a company, and only and idiot would feel happy that they got ripped off. I prefer Android any day, and if you knew how much they charge for unsubsidized IPhones you'd understand why they are losing market

15. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Guys don't feed the troll

35. sakib.ahsan

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

What he said...

19. ankrul2004

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Americans are smart? Haha, not the last time I checked educational rankings worldwide. I think we Americans are sometimes gullible

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

you must not really own an iphone then.

34. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

It just means that Americans are simple as an iPhone is.....

37. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I always find it funny how stupid people like to use the word "smart" and right after that say something both stupid and ignorant :-) Oh, good for you for feeling proud of being raped every time you buy an iSomething, you're really taking it like a man

39. gatordotcom

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 18, 2010

One simple answer to this trend not yet following in USA, 99 percent of people in the US are in some sort of contract, which probably started within the past two years and haven't had a chance to shop yet... Europe isn't so you may constantly shop for a new phone there whenever they want... I think if you took a poll in regards to what operating system people are going to buy next, a large majority would be going android and getting a huge screen

46. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I giving you a thumb down as requested. I not piss as mobile OS come and goes, i will just use the one that suit me best. And, iOS is clearly the inferior choice based on the number of restriction a normal user has to overcome to get things done. Anyway, Apple fanboy will always make do with whatever apple gives them. Imagine they are struck with a single button mouse for decades before they finally have gesture trackpad.

32. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Really.... Since the EVO and Droid X launched in 2010...ppl have been buying bigger screen phones for the past 2 years. Bigger screen Android phones have been available ever since. Maybe.....other countries havent started doing that until recently?

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Its no surprise,outside the US apples dominance is well and truly gone,it won't be long before android has 70% of the market share.Ive seen it in shops day after day people migrating from the 3gs or the iphone 4 to a top level android handset. The US is different,apple has a strangle hold not only on the courts but the patent system and is trying its utmost to make it that the iphone is the only available smartphone in the US.

3. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I think it's more related to subsidies: in the rest of the world Apple don't have the power to obly the carriers to give the high subsidies they have to give in US. And for the patents> most of the pantents Apple uses in court are software patents, and in most of the countries they are not valid. US is one of the few countries where you can patent software implementations.

7. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually you are mistaken, even in Venezuela (where I live) the iPhone is the only high end phone being subsidized by carriers and is the reason people still find it very popular.... But most are still buying full price high end Android phones... At least the ones that get in... Galaxy S3 and S2 are the most popular right now

31. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Is not really that they don't have the power its just that they simply won't. Carriers already have to pay so much more to apple in contracts and agreements that they simply can't afford to apply as much subsidized prices. That saying in slot of areas in Europe handsets like the one x and galaxy s3 aren't all that much cheaper than the 4$ but android is way more popular.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

They already have a massive share of the US market. Its not going to be any huge upticks from here on out. Its all from emerging markets like China, India, and else where were android doesnt already own 50%+ of the market.

44. Qvergnugen

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

I agree with you remixfa. Percentages by themselves could be very misleading without knowing what the actual number of units sold are. This article fails to mention that while the percentages are shifting, the pie is also getting bigger, so even though the Android market share is less, the actual number of units sold may still be greater. In the markets outside of the US, most of the iOS + Android gains came at the expense of symbian and rim losing market shares. In the US, symbian+rim account for so little that an iOS gain inevitably has to come from some android losses.

5. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I think that in the US there were a lot of people who bought an android phone at the time android, was not mature enough (2.3+) to catch the users attention to an "iphone" level. So many of those people changed to the iPhone 4. And now that Android phones has surpassed the iPhone in almost any way possible (features, easy to use, free apps, hardware... etc), many US americans do not want to go back to use an Android because they "already tried before"... While other markets in the World, including my home (Venezuela) start getting android phones "latter" and those came preloaded with a mature Android version. So the popularity over the iPhone is very clear... Specially when the iPhone 4S here sells 30% higher than a Galaxy S3.

22. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

excellent post!

36. axllebeer

Posts: 271; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

I agree with you 100% here. I've been a BlackBerry user for years. My wife recently got an iPhone and I absolutely hate it. The app integration is nearly nonexistent and that with it being too small is my main beef. That said, I tried an Android phone too a while back and it wasn't up to par as far as being as grown up as even BlackBerry. However, beginning with Ice cream Sandwich, that has changed. Android has moved along well and from my usage does almost everything that a BlackBerry can do and now more for the most part. It has now evolved enough that I think I'd be pretty happy with it for usability and also fun. :)

41. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

agreed 100%. A lot of my friends on verizon bought android phones back in its infancy (1.6-2.1) before the iphone was available as an option. They used phones like the htc eris, thunderbolt etc....Left a bad taste in their mouths and they all wanted to jump ship to get the iphone. Now they won't listen to me when I try to convince them to get a phone like the galaxy s3 or htc one x.

6. mukrenol

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

and you know why, because apple don't wannaa

8. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Because there's Android in every price range. The high end will feed on iPhone sakes while the low end will feed on feature phone sales. Android is dominating.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

false The iphone inhibits every range from 200 to free on contract. Android phones are actually more expensive off contract for some models.. which are the most popular ones.. the SGS3, OneX, ect.

17. Retro-touch unregistered

You must think everyone is American??!! IPhones are bloody expensive yet they offer little compared to Android not to mention the price ranges it captures, I see people with the Huawei Ideos and Galaxy Mini (cheap) more than high end phones cause its what they can manage. Most people aren't rich

26. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The last time I check thecheapest iPhone in stores is the outdated iPhone 3gs 8 GB. it's 320USD off contract. With that price you could get an Android phone with a decent specs blowing the 3gs out if the water. People want Android because it has features and it's cheaper than iPhone. We are not on the same side of the planet remix.

30. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

The price is ridiculous. I check the adverts and people still asking a big amounts for these old phones. They always say. But it is iPhone! They live out of reality. iPhone is just very overpriced phone. They still think they are the kings here or something...

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