Gartner: First quarter of 2015 saw iOS draw a little closer to Android

Gartner: First quarter of 2015 saw iOS draw a little closer to Android
Gartner's latest data on the global smartphone industry was released today, and it shows that Apple continued to show growth in the first quarter. While Android still led the way with 265 million units shipped during the three month period, Google's open source OS had a slight decline with its share of the world-wide smartphone market declining from 80.8% to 78.9% year-over-year. Apple's iOS saw its slice of the smartphone pie increase from 15.3% in Q1 2014 to 17.9% for the first quarter of 2015. Apple shipped 60.2 million iPhones in the January through March period, up from the 43.1 million it had in transit during the same period last year.

With 8.3 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2015, Windows Phone captured 2.5% of the global smartphone market. While shipments were up from the 7.6 million phones shipped during last year's first quarter, Microsoft's mobile OS still lost .2 percentage point in market share. BlackBerry shipments declined from 1.7 million phones in Q1 2014 to 1.3 million in this year's first quarter. The company's share of the global market declined from .6% to .4%.

While Samsung led the way among smartphone manufacturers with 81.1 million units shipped in the first quarter, that was about 4 million units less than Sammy shipped the prior year. As a result, the company's market share declined to 24.2% from 30.4%. Apple took advanage of that decline by increasing iPhone shipments by 19 million year-over-year. That gave the company a 17.9% of the market, up from the 15.3% it had during the 2014 period. Lenovo was third with 18.8 million units shipped (5.6%), just edging out Huawei's 18.1 million units in transit (5.4%). With 15.4 million phones shipped in Q1 2015, LG rounded out the top five with 4.6% of global smartphone shipments for the first quarter of this year.


Overall, 336 million smartphones were shipped from January through March, up 19% year-over-year.


source: Gartner via AppleInsider

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37 Comments

1. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Nifty

2. Sauce5 unregistered

If Apple wanted to reign #1 in global market share lol, wouldn't they want to to do such a thing by offering 548 different models of phones, most of which are under $200 off contract haha. Why do people (fans) care about this and blow it out of the water still? Just curious, since Apples consumer target is pretty obvious. I mean, they already reck everyone when it comes to sheer amount of flagships sold every year. TLDR; Honestly, a curious question. Why do people think Apple wants to gain the #1 spot in global market share when their business model is quite obvious.

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Only the diehard fanboys care. I only care about the health of companies insofar as what they can provide me. If they are circling the drain, the answer is "not much."

61. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Here in the US, with subsidies, the prices are normalized - anyone can afford an iPhone if they can afford a contract. And still, even here, people choose Android more often. They're both great choices, you can't go wrong with either.

67. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Because once upon time they bragged about being #1 in market share in keynotes.....until they no longer were....then they switched to bragging about profits.

3. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

Next quarter for Apple should decline by 20%. Or even more, I hope so..... Waiting for it to drop to 70%.

64. Sauce5 unregistered

If you want to talk numbers....did you notice that Googles stock dropped almost 10% yesterday at closing after I/O... LOL.

4. AMERICANPATRIOT

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 20, 2015

Crapdroid, rottenberry, and the rest of s**tty third world OS will never meet experience and satisfaction that iOS offer. iOS the best platform period

7. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Someone has been smoking a bit too much of that apple flavored sour. Way too much! Get a grip.

10. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

? Yea really. Lmfao. "It's a dumb comparison made to slam Android."It's a valid comparison. If there is an issue to be exposed, it would be that the scatterbrained nature of Android is keeping users from experiencing the most up-to-date and AVAILABLE features from Google that OEMs and carriers persist on preventing. Apple is doing more than slamming Android. It is slamming the ills of the industry. Great that you picked up on the "woe is me" perspective of the thousands of Android models that receive meager support when the OEMs knew what they were getting into when they set out to use Android AND THEN skinning over it.

13. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

o, until yesterday i had ios 6. No problems except a couple of apps i wanted needed ios 8. Being oartially sighted i was wary of the glary low contrast keyboard. I checked out an iis 7 ioad at the airport and saw it had a great dark grey keyboard with bright thick white lettering. Great i thought and downloaded ios 8. Then discovered the dark grey keyboard was only on appstore. Everywhere else it is the gkary white one. I see notes now has no color - bkack on white with no lines. Yahoo mail is black on white. Apps run slower. Safari takes a age to lad. Opera renders slowly. I switch karge text on for my cack eyesight, only to see text bigger but crunched up in contacts and safari bookmarks. A real joke. I wonder if anyone tests this rubbish. Ios 6 to me was easier to read - less glary. What is all this transoarant rubbish. I eant to see what i want to see - not what is behind it. Why would anyone want kettering in faint grey ?! As i write this the keys on my keyboard are lighting up as the ti e delay between typing and the key turning grey is huge. I gave up my iphone for a galaxy note. Next year ill ditch the ipad and go the same route. Apple seems all show and no content to me. Just watched 12 keys light up grey after i finished typing. Ffs. If the performance is that st on ipad 2 why did apple let me download it. T0ssers

25. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

tl; dr; keep barking.

38. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Keep being my groupie girl.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 22075; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're a complete !Diot.

41. brian81

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

but using the best parts from Samsung lel

59. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Samsung is given (for free no less) the ENTIRE OS. Slapping the best hardware you can find is easy as there are options everywhere. Putting together a competent OS is the hard part.

62. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's odd, because last time they measured, Samsung smartphone users were more satisfied that iPhone users. Hmmmm...

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple by itself sold a quarter of all android manufacturers put together world wide. That's 1 iPhone per 4 android phones (and there are lots and lots of android manufacturers including phones that really coat nothing to buy). Go Apple.

8. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Or you can say that Samsung by itself sold more phones than Apple and Lenovo, its next 2 competitors, combined.

9. Sauce5 unregistered

What about flagships, just curious. Is BMW better than Ferrari because they sell more cars each year?

15. AlikMalix unregistered

Samsungs new models range from Free to $700-ish models of which I bet most are sub $300 range and lower. Apples new models consist of two 700-ish and higher models - do you think that Samsung would be really be that high of Apple manufactured new cheap models every 2 weeks?

23. ARTE.8800.

Posts: 192; Member since: May 27, 2015

Apple does suck, but not in every way. I'm typing this on a mac. How do I feel about this computer? I'm not impressed. I have a deep passion for advanced technology, and Apple claiming to be the pinnacle of quality technology makes me want to stab Steve Jobs' wife with a heroine syringe. Nice advanced technology does not include restricting user access to the devices core functions. Sure, the products are immune to MOST viruses, but one lucky feature does not give justification for higher prices and ridiculous popularity. I do have apple products, but I wish to change that very shortly. In all, in my many experiences with technology, I must say, Apple products are for rich people with massive egos and tech noobs. Simple technology for simple people.

50. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

No, you are suck and dumb. Samsung can sell 3 galaxy phones in 1 Apple iPhone.

46. brian81

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

apple always said ios or iphone but which model..remember they still selling the old model

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly math is not your thing AlikMalix. It works out to 22.8% if you compare it to Androids total only, so no its not a quarter. But since 336 million sold in total. That means you have to add Apples take as well.

49. AlikMalix unregistered

It's somewhere close to 1 in 4. I didn't think it was necessary to go into decimal points. Fine, 1 in 5 which would also be wrong because 1 in 5 is 20% but now I'm wrong again right? This is more. It is between 1 in 5 and 1 in 4 but closer to 1 in 4 and that's where I got 1 in 4. But those are little details, iven of it was 1 in 5 it is still freaken impressive. On top of that, unlike android manifacturers that just slap a "Freeware" OS and leach off googles ecosystem - Apple created and maintains its own and mind you without an example that's already out there - like Google, MS, had when they created their mobile os's with iOS ecosystem to use as an example. That's innovation bro - not megapixels and doubling ram.

12. TheChukwu

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

All of this is just the balance out for Samsung. They were operating at record profits for an extended time which is not typical for any business to sustain. Apple couldn't do it, and neither can Samsung. Everything is in waves. They were crushing competition for about 3 years and it was bound to come down from those high marks. Now you see everything coming to balance and they are still back to dominating quarterly sales. The Note 4 and S6/E were just what they needed. Apple was in a similar position during Samsung's rise, and now after a bit of leveling off, they again are firing off high marks. Seems as these two giants are taking turns ruling the market quarters.

44. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

It took in making this edition because SamMobile but otherwise told how Samsung sold 81.1 61.1 Apple smartphone in Q1 Samsung Q1 win lol but as always we will look to Apple and not put it deserves the title samsung Apple slaps Q1 thanks PA

47. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Good to see iPhone being the dominate phone again. Now Apple needs to put more of their into real innovation to cement a solid future. Force Touch is nice but I wanna see their RND team revitalize the tech industry given the sinful amount of money they are sitting on.

56. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

That could happen, but you have to wait till the tech is ready before you revitalize the tech industry. People get this false impression that Apple only works on the iPhone, iPad, etc. they are working on all kinds of things, they just don't show it to the public or talk about it. Companies like Samsung and Google just show there stuff all the time and even put it on the market knowing it's half baked lol!

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