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.

Android had nearly 85% of the global smartphone market in Q2

Android had nearly 85% of the global smartphone market in Q2


source: IDC via AndroidCentral

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85 Comments

1. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Googles growth is incredible. The planned it right out of the gate for the masses. Still impressive what 3 to 4 phones can do with the iPhone too.

8. torr310

Posts: 1616; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I am an Android user but I would prefer that two OSs keep competing. So we can keep the improvements and innovations going and going.

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That is such a dividing point for me. On one hand competition is good, but on the other hand, I remember what happened when everyone had their own BS proprietary OS. The market place was scarce for each product because of the insane fragmentation. I'm glad that Google made android more of a platform rather than a proprietary OS, so it literally ends up competing with itself keeping it at the forefront.

13. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

+1 competition doesn't only mean OS v OS

46. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

Now that's a brilliantly stated point of view. +1 to you sir

21. tedkord

Posts: 17077; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Two isn't good enough. We need at least three. We have only two real carriers competing here in the states, and that's not working out very well for us. IOS and Android are here to stay, but we're not seeing any other viable candidates. Hope this changes soon.

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I prefer good competitions. Please bring it on for iOS and WP8 devices. iPad has also been use in more ways than i initially imagine such a queuing device for diners that can sms the diner when his/her turn to be seated. A credit card payment device for the cashiers. WP8 still has great potential in the enterprise environment and can spread from there. One choice mean the slow down of innovation. Like Microsoft desktop windows. Anyone can still remember the great different between Win XP and Win 7. To me nothing.

38. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

No need for Wp. Rip. Rip iOs Android Ftw.

39. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

The competition is between manufacturers. I think apple and Microsoft only slow down innovation. They try to sue and ban manufacturers our of countries for anything they might own a patent for

2. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Poor Windows 'The most rappid advancing OS in the world's history' with a -9% yr/yr acceleration(deceleration)! Poor C++/C#/Objective C

4. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

poor cluless guy.. Its not just about numbers, its about context... Q2 2013 Nokia have released more than half a dozen new devices in the previous months, while in there are barely any new devices launched previously to Q2 2014.. YoY numbers only mean something when you are analyzing a 1 year (or constant) periodic "event" migh as well compare the 50M from Apple's Q4 to this quarter sales and say they are on route to disappearing

6. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

so they have no consistency in their production schedules? We do know that every september there's a new galaxy note, a new iphone etc. They have esblished that ground not just to wish for it while you still can not earn it

16. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Its not about consistency ; its about not being a yearly schedule...

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't see how his example is comparing two different quarters. The product pipeline for MS is their responsibility and should have been set for a year or so ahead of time. Yes the merger caused a few hiccups but really, for a company climbing a cliff they don't have that luxury.

17. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

and probability was, just wasnt a yearly pipeline plan...

20. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Poor clueless guy if you think Windows Phone has anything more than a snowball's chance in hell of being any more relevant than the Zune.

28. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 2009

I'll repeat what I already said to the OP. 100 Windows Phones were sold for every 475 iPhones. That's pretty good for a platform that it lives in the shadows of the iPhone and Galaxy series. I wouldn't say they're dying anytime soon. Besides the fact that Microsoft has such deep pockets that they could just hold on forever. It has $84 billion in cash reserves.....

45. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Can, but won't. It boils down to this; premium iPhone vs. a lot of budget WP phones. MS won't keep that model in place because it's not working for them. They killed WinMo and it had a higher market share than WP ever had.

79. sgodsell

Posts: 6710; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yet iOS increased its sales yoy, whereas WP decreased its yoy sales. With only 7.4 million WP devices.

58. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You know that only 2 global WPs have been released this year right? MS is in a transition phase with the new CEO and Nokia's acquisition. Relax your back side and wait for the next quarter where more Lumias will be released.

66. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

So, One more year to catch on?

26. Doakie

Posts: 2465; Member since: May 06, 2009

35.2 million iPhones sold, 7.4 million Windows Phones sold? That means the iPhone sold only 4.75 times better than Windows Phone. That sounds like Windows Phone would be a dying platform. But remember the iPhone is very very popular. The fact that 100 Windows Phones were sold for every 475 iPhones is pretty damn good for a platform that has an App gap like Windows Phone does. No Dropbox, no Google Services, no Square, few banking apps, very few high end games. I love Windows Phone and am ready to buy a 635 just to have it, but the platform needs more A Class apps.

76. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I would agree with you if it wasn´t for one thing: it´s not only low but it´s shrinking. And that´s the bad news for WP. If the low numbers were backed up by grwoing marketshare it would be OK. But low numbers + shrinking market is always a bad sign, doesn´t matter how you look at it.

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: 6710; 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: 4062; 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.

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