IDC: Nearly 1 billion Android smartphones may be shipped this year, plus 180 million iPhones and 47 million Windows Phones

Least year, for the first time ever, more than 1 billion smartphones were shipped to customers around the world, according to IDC. For 2014, IDC forecasts that this number could grow to over 1.2 billion, with about 950 million smartphones shipped this year being based on Android (grabbing an estimated market share of 78.9%).

Apple could ship almost 180 million iPhones throughout 2014 (14.9% market share), the research firm says. As for Windows Phone, handsets based on it could account for 3.9% of the market in 2014 thanks to up to 47 million units shipped. Lastly, 11.9 million BlackBerry smartphones are expected to be shipped this year (1.0% market share). Other smartphone platforms may grab only 1.3% of the market share (15.1 million devices shipped).

Although the overall number of smartphones sold this year will grow, the growth rate is slowing. “2014 will mark the year smartphone growth drops more significantly than ever before,” says IDC.

The good news for customers is that the worldwide average selling price (ASP) of smartphones is expected to go down in the next years.

IDC forecasts that the ASP of Android handsets will be $247 in 2014. The ASP of Windows Phone devices is expected to be $265, while BlackBerry smartphones should be offered for an average selling price of $339. Apple’s iPhones will unsurprisingly remain the most expensive smartphones, with an estimated ASP of $649.

In 2018, Android handsets could have an ASP of $202, while Windows Phone’s ASP may drop to $195. iPhones will remain expensive, claims IDC, at an ASP of $610.

Overall, the average selling price of smartphones (regardless of OS) may drop from $308 in 2014 to $260 in 2018.

We already told you that Mozilla is planning to launch a $25 smartphone, while Google intends to sell handsets resulting from its Project Ara for as low as $50. Of course, it’s hard to believe that sub-$100 device can offer exciting features, but it’s good to see smartphones being accessible to more and more potential users.

source: IDC



1. megaSUNNY

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4. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

Popcorn ! Waiting for the haters

6. rodneyej1

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17. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Plan Fail......


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

They won't touch this article, they're too afraid of admitting defeat by the little green man who has managed to clobber the fruit of alllll OEM's and OS's. Besides, they're probably working hard driving their long tedious routes. Hail to the King: Lloyd!!

27. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Hail to the King?...... Oh, lord...

42. megaSUNNY

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

u are absolutely right man.

55. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol!! Ok.... Waving wire flag!!!!!!

45. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nah, we got a biter below.

20. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I hope so- I love Motorola.

2. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

And how many of those android phones are junk like the ones in family dollar, Fred's, dollar general?

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Probably over 90%.... But, we must give credit where credit is due...

7. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Considering how many Galaxy and Note phones Samsung sold, not even close. Let's give credit where it's due, after doing some simple math.

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Think worldwide.... Emerging markets... Those devices are ultra low end, and they greatly outsold S3, S4, Note, and all high end phones combined... Everyone knows the reality of that.... We're not just talking about the US, are we?

13. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Think how many awesome Android phones are being built and sold in China. And SS sells a massive amount globally, so no, I'm not just talking about the US. There's a big, BIG difference between garbage phones like darkvadervip implied and affordable but well made phones being sold globally. Saying 90% of them are garbage is noting but trolling and you agreed with him.

28. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You don't have to get all defensive about it.. It's ok.. Maybe there are more than 10%.. Who cares?.. The point is that the higher quality experience is the lower percent. Don't panic, nobody is putting Android down... It's just that its about quality over quantity, and we have a lot of fools here who think other platforms are junk just because they have lower market share... Definitely not trolling, I mean read my unbiased comments below.... There's no way I would stoop to the level of some of these pathetic, scared, immature guys who troll on every single WP related article, so don't even try to categorize me with those idiots.. I give credit where credit is due.. ALWAYS! Just make sure that you can too, and we'll be on the same page..

32. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I wonder how you can type an post that with any semblance of a conscious human being? Good grief what a load of bull.

35. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I don't get defensive about it. I call it like it is, you agreeing with a troll comment.

56. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Fair enough.. Not meant to troll.... White flag!!!!

48. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I have proven that statement false a billion times :/ with sources, your statementn is but wishful thinking

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7567; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No, not just the US. Thats why Microsoft's Nokia is going to be jumping on that Android smart train to steal some of those sales and generate revenue for themselves. Clearly they have to ride the coattails of Android because WP is not going to sell very well for Microsoft. Yeah, Nokia X the fake Android.

30. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Who are you?

46. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

No one's going to buy that pos it won't have direct access to android apps and the average consumer is too dumb to go through apk's

69. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I would hardly refer to the Nokia X as "jumping on the Android smart train". The X is a dead end product, all but announced to be dead in no time flat. I doubt it will steal much in the way of sales. If they had couched it as the new "Asha", then yes, it would have been much better positioned to sell better... but Elop dispelled that idea. The "X" is intended only to bring more sales to Windows Phone, not to be a super-seller in its own rite. So no, Nokia X won't be riding the "Android smart train".

29. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Same place them abandoned early wp phones were sold. That was low alright.

67. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Except you?

9. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Lets be serious. Its nowhere near 90%.

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You mean nowhere near 90% low end, or high end? Or, should I say quality, vs junk?

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I will assume the Apple fanboys are the ones arguing this (windows phone isn't exactly in a different boat than droid) so here goes. Just end the argument where it stands, if 15% of Android phones sold are high end, that makes about 12% of the whole share. If 80% of the iPhones are high end (really pushing it), then that is 12%. That is all that needs to be said right there. MINIMUM Android high end sales match iPhone high end.

68. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Nice math. :)

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