IDC: Android increases its global marketshare lead over iOS in the second quarter

IDC: Android increases its global marketshare lead over iOS in the second quarter
With 255 million smartphones shipped globally in the second quarter of 2014, Android remained on top of OS marketshare among smartphones. As of the end of June, Android powered 84.7% of intelligent handsets in transit. The number of Android phones shipped set a record for a quarter, and represented a 33% increase over last year's second quarter tally.

Apple's marketshare for iOS grew 12.7% in the 2014 second quarter, with global shipments of 35.2 million units. But thanks to the overall growth in smartphone shipments of over 25% in the second quarter of 2014, Apple's market share actually declined year-over-year, from 13% to 11.7%. After the second quarter of this year, Android's lead in smartphone shipments over Apple rose to 73 percentage points, up from last year's 66.6 percentage points.

Windows Phone was third, with a 2.5% share of shipped smartphones globally. BlackBerry accounted for just .5% of smartphone shipments in the three month period. That represented a rather nasty decline of 2.3pp in the quarter. Overall, 301.3 million smartphones were shipped in the second quarter, up from last year's 240.5 million.


source: IDC via AndroidCentral

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85 Comments

85. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Android has LG, Samsung, Sony and many other selling, instead iOS is only for Apple.

84. ricknunez

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

Android, Maybe is the most used OS in the world, more than XP or Windows 7.

77. Smarter

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

If Microsoft will not add TV out (MHL, Slimport, microUSB), ANT+, Display notifications (Glance screen) and so on no one will buy WP phones. These times WP is not a good OS. The WP is the worst OS from ANDROID, BB, iOS.

61. kalalemuhammad

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

Typo. I meant WP version of a Note 4 device, like the way HTC One is going to have a WP version.

60. kalalemuhammad

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

In a Note Series like phablet lies the salvation for Windows phone platform. With its very good office application, Microsoft should do well to end any dispute with Samsung and encourage it to release we version of the upcoming Note 4 together with the accompanying software to make use of the large screen and the S_pen

63. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Nobody wants to be beholden to Microsoft forever to access their documents. And that is what Microsoft offers with their subscription models for mobile. So whatever "enterprise" or "business" play Microsoft thought they had is going to fail because in the age of BYOD and consumer-driven mobile tech, no one wants to "pay forever" for apps. This is especially true given that most apps are either cheap or free now.

48. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Unfortunate that Windows Phone's market share and shipment volume dropped this quarter. Don't get me wrong, I love my Nexus 5 more than my HTC 8X but if this continues, there might be a duopoly, which would suck. Completion breeds innovation.

59. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

We need them too. As much as I detest shills and tiles, I don't want to see them outright fail either. Personally I'd like to see them squeeze Apple's seeds for a while, they owe them that.

62. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"there might be a duopoly, which would suck." I don't have these mobile OS duopoly fears. Basically what we are seeing is an evil company, like ATT or VZW, fail to establish a toxic closed source OS in the market. And we are seeing an open source OS, based on Linux and Java, grow. Microsoft doesn't offer a vibrant open ecosystem. All they offer is a different flavor of closed source OS. One that offers no unique value proposition. There is no market need for this. So of course it is failing. One must realize that take away Microsoft's billions of life support, and WP would fail almost instantly. There is no healthy ecosystem around WP, no third party device vendors making any real money on WP, no enthusiasm by the developer community at large to support Microsoft's closed dead-end platform. Factor in that WP is ruled by a giant company that has a history of screwing over their partners, there is no great rush to get on board that train. So WP fails and goes away, it is a good thing. It makes more room for more open source alternatives to enter the market, for platforms that are more beneficial to larger and more diverse communities.

70. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I agree with just about all of that but lol one thing, That open source space could be filled by something like Walmart, Amazon etc... I think that would be worse then keeping the old guard burning up her royalty monies paid out to her and maybe one day, they put it all together better then this mess now. Idk.

72. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Idk either. Sometimes I am more optimistic about how things could turn out. But in a finite resource world, this optimism is likely misplaced.

43. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Androking reigns supreme! B-)

35. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

This is deja vu. History repeating itself(Windows Vs. Mac). Very small market share sticking by their product while the rest of the world moves on. Nothing wrong with this as I have friends that have stuck with Apple for many years. However, they have at least accepted the fact they are a small minority. Today's Apple users seem to think they are the majority and the rest of the world is wrong. John B.

42. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Lead poisoning has a lot of side effects.

34. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Free and Open source, yeah right. How about lifting the SD card restriction to make things better? If a person doesn't know how to root a device, he'll be stuck in that BS forever.

14. DouchebagWendy

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Apple iOS rocks :)

37. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Wendygarrett is that you?

3. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Monopolies sucks.

5. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

yeah what about the pc world?

9. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Like i said, Monopolies suck, besides even with all PC's, Laptops, Phones, tablets basically every device that runs Windows its only 14% of the overall device market , 48% ran Android within the last year, mobile devices outnumber desktops.

19. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Agreed but I still think we can have inter-OS competition that could weaken if not to kill the power of monopoly

80. sgodsell

Posts: 7687; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Monopolies are bad, but Android is still open and Google doesn't charge for it. Unlike Microsoft is still closed and controls all aspects of their OS, including which CPUs you can use, what software can be added and so on. Even Microsoft is still currently selling Nokia X and X2 devices with Microsofts flavor of Android.

7. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

two words: open source. technically it's currently not a monopoly.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That is the key difference between MS of the past and Google. Hopefully forks of android keep Google on their toes with AOSP. No one wants to see the Android equivalent of ME, Vista and 8.

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6044; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

But Windows ME is so awesome! I only got the BSoD like.... 12 times a day! lol

65. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

LMAO!

73. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Wow! That's slightly less than number of "unfortunately, this app has stopped working" messages I got on my Android!

74. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

FAT LIE! I get it sometimes but not that often.

81. sgodsell

Posts: 7687; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yeah NokiaFTW, I get that a lot too. But then I just don't run the Microsoft apps on Android and then everything is just fine.

83. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Not really funny dude. Try again next time!

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