Android was on 75% of all smartphones shipped in Q1, crushes competition
posted by Victor H. / May 16, 2013, 8:17 AM
Android was on 75% on all shipped devices in the first quarter of 2013, up from a market share of 59.1% in the same period last year. Apple on the other hand lost a lot of its market share dropping from 23% in Q1 2012 to merely 17.3% in the first trimester this year.
Together the two platforms held more than 92% of the whole market.
Good news for the third ecosystem wannabe, Microsoft’s Windows Phone, is that according to IDC data it actually outgrew BlackBerry for the first time. This contradicts earlier release data from Gartner, though, so one thing is clear - the difference between the two is far from huge.
Windows Phone has a 3.2% share while BlackBerry holds 2.9% of the market.
“Android and iOS accounted for more than the lion’s share of smartphones in the first quarter, but a closer examination of the other platforms reveals turnaround and demand for alternatives,” IDC mobile phone research manager Ramon Llamas said. “Windows Phone has benefited from Nokia’s participation, and BlackBerry’s new BB10 devices have already hit a million units shipped in its first quarter of availability.”
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List of rationalizations and excuses to follow.
posted on May 16, 2013, 8:19 AM 7
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This is an android website. You fight amongst yourselves.
posted on May 16, 2013, 9:35 AM 3
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I am really impressed with Windows Phone though. They gained 133.3% from last year. That is a pretty good start for them at least. +1 for that comment. Some people will not chqnge & those people will stay loyal to Apple until they utterly get sick of it.
posted on May 16, 2013, 2:33 PM 2
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Not "rationalizations or excuses" - FACTS. More than 95% of the phones that make up that 75% figure are $99 3.5" QVGA el crappo handsets purchased by parents for their pre-teen/teenage children.
posted on May 16, 2013, 4:22 PM 1
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See also: PC, Mac and Amiga ca. 1993. And of course Android sales outnumber iPhones - there are a heck of a lot more of them to choose from.
posted on May 16, 2013, 8:26 AM 7
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and still, the Android (OS) users are much than Apple (iOS) regardless type/models. See thr truth. Nowadays, compactibility and cross platform capability are much more important than exclusivity/lifestyle.
posted on May 17, 2013, 2:34 AM 0
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The fight now is going to be between BB10 and Windows Phone MS needs to do something to add more app BB10 as 120,000 apps in less than 6 months against MS 145,000 in 3 years
posted on May 16, 2013, 8:33 AM 6
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bad information. wp8 store had 125k apps on launch. wp8 needs new apps that dont work with wp7 since it doesnt share the same tech as wp7. so it's more like 125k at launch with 20k added in 6 months.
posted on May 16, 2013, 8:57 AM 3
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I can not talk about numbers, what I know is what I said, that when MS release WP8, they ignored every device that was made for WP7.5. And now I will speculate a little, one big reason for large fragmentation on android is that there are many low end devices that can't upgrade to newer versions, that will always happen, and now, nokia is releasing a lot of low and mid range WP, that scenario will make WP ecosystem be as fragmented as android ecosystem? For me this is a yes.
posted on May 16, 2013, 2:48 PM 0
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They couldn t upgrage them to wp8 because the hardware was old, same reason many android 2.3 devices weren t updated to 4.but still they did push the 7.8 update that brought some wp8 features which is better than getting nothing.And we will see which devices won t be upgraded to the next WP version, maybe some low end devices wont get the update,but sill fragmentation is still going to be much larger on android,also due to the work that manufacturers have to do to update their skins of android(which sometimes they don't bother to do) whereas on WP microsoft pushes the update directly to all the devices that can support it.
posted on May 16, 2013, 3:24 PM 0
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The problem is that those WP7.x devices aren't old enough to be obsolete. The Lumia 900 and 610 are barely over a year old but because they started out with outdated single-core processors, they'll never see 8.0. Call it bad timing, blame MS for controlling the specs, but for Nokia to launch a flagship like the 900 and then strand it on the previous OS nine months later is poor form.
posted on May 16, 2013, 4:10 PM 0
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