Android was 64% of global smartphone sales in Q1

Android was 64% of global smartphone sales in Q1
Android is everywhere. That statement doesn't really surprise anyone, but the specific numbers have a lot to say. Earlier today, we shared the smartphone sales numbers released by Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, and now we have the global numbers from Kantar as well. While the US had the Android/iOS race fairly close, globally Android is well ahead with 64% of smartphone sales in Q1 of 2013.

Kantar tracked smartphone sales for Q1 and also ran surveys in nine markets: Australia, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK and the U.S. According to the results, Android made up 64.2% of smartphone sales for Q1. In most regions, Android made up around 60-80% of sales with most iOS numbers ranging from around 15-25%. The outliers were: Spain, where Android held an insane 93% of sales, the US, and Japan. In the US, Android had 49.3% compared to iOS at 43.7%. And, Japan was the only region where iOS held the majority with 49.2% compared to Android's 45.8%. 

BlackBerry, Symbian, and "other" platforms all saw across the board drops, but Windows Phone showed respectable growth numbers. Windows Phone gained market share in most regions, and grew faster than iOS in the UK, France, and Italy. It's slow going, but Microsoft is probably happy with a continued upward trend. 

source: TechCrunch



1. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Go Android!! :D

16. dr_fajardo12

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 26, 2012


2. javac

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

Android sales are up year over year very nice. Just keep up the good products and well see those numbers cont. to climb

3. Avenger337

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

After seeing these figures it is clear who will reign for long (IOS, Android) and those who follow the path of extinction (windows phone and legendary Symbian was despised miserably) for Rim parce that its new operating system is doing a good job, but lack the market reaction by new competitors. This year will give much to talk about.

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Interesting that you put WP on the "path of extinction" despite the fact that it is continually gaining market share.

19. Avenger337

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

MichaelHeller, Windows Phone 7 failed. With the latest windows phone 8 is true that the share increased but at a minimum of what was expected, remember that only Nokia would bet that platform yet, the other makes you stronger bet with Android and IOS are among the two to 90 percent of the market (more or less) is ten percent divididido between Windows phone 8 and Blackberry 10 is giving a good fight. It is true that it is still unclear who will have that piece of the market, but what is known is that new competitors will soon reach clearly complicating above operating systems. It should be noted that sales of Nokia very pitiful when compared with the millions of iPhones, Galaxy, Xperia and Optimus have been sold. I hurt for Nokia, but they were asking for it.

18. Shaznek

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

"BlackBerry, Symbian, and "other" platforms all saw across the board drops, but Windows Phone showed respectable growth numbers" read this twice and then tell me what you think about your comment.

20. Avenger337

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

Colleague, As I said before growth with windows phone is not good enough, is a good operating system but is a million light years to help Nokia to return to top 5 manufacturers of smartphones, know that the user is demanding and I doubt that is true to any Samsung, Apple or Sony abandon its windows phone operating system. It's good that Nokia sells, but have lost so much in the transfer of Symbian to Windows phone will have to do much more to win market share.

5. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

aahh, shocked by japan?? How can sony take this laying down...unacceptable!!

6. papss unregistered

Pretty good lead by android.. That's hard to deny that kind of dominance.. It seems very probable that WP will continue to take third place..

7. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Android is proof that a brand alone is not enough to satisfy customers unless they say bah! You have to tailor your products to meet or exceed your customers wants and needs, or lose them to competition! Even IOS is going to have to offer variety now cause a name brand only pulls so much weight! Samsung is a great example of what a great brand and various phones with a broadband of useful features for various customers will get you. If only they used better build materials? Wonder how much better sales would be? Still great job Samsung!

8. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Sony must be butt hurt that in their own land iOS is giving their phones a good pounding, no pun intended.

9. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012


11. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

The study does not cover India- The second largest mobile phone connections after China.

12. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Can't believe you, Japan! Ugh! :p

13. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Thing to note, windows is not dipping into the growth of Android and even IOS. That would be just stupid to think since Android sold over 125 million and IOS 37 million, next to windows' ~ 7 million. The reason is, RIM and Symbian dropped and windows has taken up their space

14. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Also, installed base of Symbian is still massive globally. It's close to that of iOS

15. martinlosha unregistered

What are these nonsense? You make it sound like android is some kind of a phone manufacture when in reality is an open source piece of software provided open and free. You can not put 50 different phone manufacturers brands under the same name and call them Android. We have Samsung, LG,Sony and many others and those companies tend to compete with each other. Plus hardware is the reason why people are moving away from iPhones, not software.

17. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Do you mean outdated iConboards with stolen statusbar? :-)

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