IDC: Android, Windows Phone see robust growth, iOS plateaus, BlackBerry and others flailing

IDC: Android, Windows Phone see robust growth, iOS plateaus, BlackBerry and others flailing
Today, IDC released the breakdown of smartphone shipments by mobile operating system and the overall picture will probably not surprise you. The figures themselves just might, however.

First, we have to give a hats-off to Symbian devices which, despite the OS now relegated to maintenance mode, still moves the needle on the global market. However, when taken in the context of the drop in market share, it is plain to see the inevitable finish for that operating system.

On the side of the winners, we see that Android has expanded its reach around the world with a remarkable 73% growth in shipments year-over-year giving it a commanding 79% of the market. Apple’s iOS growth continues (albeit 20%), but at the expense of market share, down from 16.6% to 13.2%, no doubt being eaten away by its rival.

Eating just a little bit of Apple’s other side of market presence is Windows Phone, which is seeing phenomenal growth (in much lower shipment quantities of course) in its own right, shipments up 77% and growing market share from 3.1% to 3.7%. Right now, Windows Phone’s success is Nokia’s success since the company owns north of 80% of that stake. The bulk of Windows Phone’s success is certainly hammering away at another’s significant struggle.

You cannot have winners without losers and while it could be argued that the bulk of Windows Phone’s success is at the expense of Symbian (fostered by Nokia’s loyal following), it is also at the expense of BlackBerry. Shipments were down nearly 12% but market share is down from 4.9% to just 2.9%. BlackBerry is no doubt being hurt by Android and iOS as well, but Nokia’s entry level devices have been a real hit in developing markets, an area that has previously been a bit of a safe haven for previous BlackBerry designs.

IDC: Android, Windows Phone see robust growth, iOS plateaus, BlackBerry and others flailing

There has been a lot of hope pinned on BlackBerry 10, and the Z10 and Q10 are fine devices. In fairness, the days of BB10 are still very young. However, as more of the supposed flagship A10/Z30 (or whatever) is revealed, many of us cannot help but think that it will do nothing to arrest what is by all appearances, a death spiral.

Other players on the stage are contending with an ever shrinking slice of the pie. Despite this, opportunities exist at all levels and if we were to see an exerted effort by Samsung to push Tizen on the world stage, such a disruptive event would change the landscape indeed.

via: ZDNet

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34 Comments

1. jamesedward318 unregistered

Hey Apple your next move better be your best move my friends.

5. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

after 3 android devices in a row, im going back to iOS. You couldnt pay me to use any android phone right now.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You won't regret it.

27. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Have you tried windows phone?

30. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

nope. wont. (for now) my main issue with android is MMS. i want imessage, since all of my friends have iphones. im done with half baked OSs. if WP becomes a bit more established, i might give it a go next time.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

iOS 7.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17076; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Gingerbread mk.II

2. bawboh86

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

So, these numbers are from before the Lumia 520, 925, 928, and 1020. I can't wait to see the most recent quarter's numbers...

4. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Why do you think those numbers are prior these lumia models?

8. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Could it possibly have something to do with the fact that Lumia 1020 just got released? Also, the 925, 928 are new, and the 520 barely had any chance to account for Q2's earnings report. So yes, these numbers are prior to all of these amazing smartphones by Nokia having been released...

11. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

As for the 1020 I agree with you, but for the other models you are just expeculating, so if you think they do not count, for me they count on this report

18. papss unregistered

I see growth which is wonderful regardless of them including all those phones. I don't see a big seller in the 1020 with its price and exclusive carrier contract but I'm not sure they are expecting big growth with it.

3. nobihitoshi

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

android is growing day by day how nokia will catch samsung?? i really think its becoming hard for WP... just increase by 0.6%

7. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Nobihitoshi, are you both blind and dumb? Obviously you didn't read the details of the article posted above regarding Windows Phone growth...

17. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I see that WP went from 3.1 to 3.7… that's a miserable +0.6%. What's more, symbian (which means Nokia) lost 4%, of which only 0.7% switched to WP...

23. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

These statistics basically refer to Nokia's growth in the global market, and so the numbers are still perfectly acceptable. It should also be noted that Android's growth represents a number of different companies, most of which are not profitable, or are barely breaking even... I am also willing to wager that Nokia's growth will exceed that of other competing smartphone OEM's, including Samsung, during the next five years.

25. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

What are you talking about? Sony, HTC, LG were all profitable. So were the Chinese companies, Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi,,,etc. Most android companies were profitable last quarter, unlike Nokia. Both MS and Nokia pumped billions of dollars to window os, their result is less than 4%. Last quarter they gained 0.6% after how many millions or billions....It would take another tens of billions of dollars to gain few more % points.

33. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

HTC was profitable??? Are you dumb? That comment alone completely discredits anything else you might write. Oh, and if you own HTC stock, then you might want to check on your life savings ;o)

34. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

HTC (Q2 2013) - net profit NT$1.25bn ($42m). Nokia (Q2 2013) - operating loss of €115 million ($150 million). HTC profited $42 millions dollars and Nokia lost $150 millions dollars last quarter.

6. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

yeah wp unless you are a diehard tweaker that loves endless customization wp is perfect for you people get so jealous when they see my l920 the best advertisement for wp is a wp phone in the hand its strange because bb and galaxy are the only brand names in my country yet everybody knows what a lumia is ^_^

20. papss unregistered

Agreed..I am past all the tweaking days on my phone.. I just want a solid beautiful OS that doesn't require an insane amount of maintenance to use. I have my pro/iPad in my backpack and my yellow 1020 in my pocket

22. tedkord

Posts: 17076; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I've had one in hand. It wasn't bad, but there was nothing that would make me switch. If I wanted a walled garden, I'd have gotten an iPhone years ago. Metro is fugly.

24. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

How did your credit card No. get stolen on the internet? Oh wait, your smartphone runs Android... I'll take my WP8 walled garden, thank you very much.

32. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea...because credit card No. never got stolen on the internet before Android. :/

26. papss unregistered

To each his own man.. All have good and bad qualities. Just depends on what you will forgive and what you won't.

9. SingDaFire

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

+1 for you gazmatic.. That's true, the best way to advertise is to hold it and show off to the People .. I have a Lumia 720 yellow, whenever people or my friends see's it they're like what is that phone it looks really good ;) I've converted 3 of my friends to WP just by showing my phone

28. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Same here. The colors are instantly different and recognizable. I got so many compliments on my Lumia 900, but since switching to the 925 it is much more anonymous, especially in T-Mobile White, but I do have some colored cases on their way. They should have offered it in at least gray since they were going for a more professional look. No wonder apple is allegedly copying the colors for the cheap plastiPhoneC

10. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Yeah me too, they are all surprised when they see my shiny new cyan 920, i have converted about 6 friends , they all told me that they now understand why i was so excited for my phone .... that says enough in my opinion that Windows Phone is really good! Greetzz.

35. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Hey Credo, Your Greetzz. is back. Nice... :)

12. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

"Phenomenal growth" of Windows Phone??? Facepalm.. It grew by 3.7 million units compared to last year quarter. LG, HUAWEI AND ZTE EACH(Sony almost being there too) grew more y-o-y, than the whole windows phone! Phenomenal indeed ..journalism these days..

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