Android, iOS Continue Smartphone Assault During Q2
August 8, 2012 9:00 AM
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Android and iOS combined for the highest percentage of the smartphone market ever in Q2
The latest statistics for Q2 2012 for the smartphone market are in from research firm IDC. The numbers show that Google and Apple own 85% of the smartphone market overall. IDC reports that that represents a new combined high for the two operating systems.
"The mobile OS market is now unquestionably a two-horse race due to the dominance of Android and iOS," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "With much of the world's mobile phone user base still operating feature phones, the smartphone OS market share battle is far from over. There is still room for some mobile OS competitors to gain share, although such efforts will become increasingly difficult as smartphone penetration increases."
While Google and Apple smartphone operating systems grow, BlackBerry and Symbian both saw their market shares drop below 5%. Individually, Android has 68.1% of the smartphone market shipped during Q2. Comparatively RIM (BlackBerry) shipped 4.8% of all smartphones while Nokia (Symbian) shipped 4.4%. Microsoft sits in the fifth spot with 3.5% of the market putting it behind Symbian.
"Android continues to fire on all cylinders," said Ramon Llamas, senior research analyst with IDC's Mobile Phone Technology and Trends program. "The market was entreated to several flagship models from Android's handset partners, prices were well within reach to meet multiple budgetary needs, and the user experience from both Google and its handset partners boosted Android smartphones' utility far beyond simple telephony."
Apple owned 16.9% of the smartphone market with iOS during the quarter. It continues to be impressive that Apple command such a large portion of the smartphone market with so few products. IDC reports that demand for the iPhone 4S has waned since
have suggested that the next generation iPhone will hit the market early next month.
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RE: So Apple is 19.2%
8/8/2012 5:42:25 PM
Tony it's just too damned bad that 68% or so of the smartphone market doesn't seem to care too much about your "pros" and cons of iOS.
In only 32 months Android went from zilch to dominating the industry, and your arguments are still from 32 months ago.
At 16%, Apple is in danger of becoming a niche market when it comes to smartphones. Only a hopelessly biased person can continue to view falling marketshare, and proclaim something is dominant and everything's okay because of it's profitability.
Apple's comfy yet confining brand of a tightly controlled vertically integrated hardware/software solution appeals to you greatly, I get that. But it didn't appeal to most PC users in the 80's and 90's, and now we have another two horse race between Apple and Google. Google is pulling away, just deal with that.
RE: So Apple is 19.2%
8/9/2012 8:16:08 AM
"Apple's comfy yet confining brand of a tightly controlled vertically integrated hardware/software solution appeals to you greatly, I get that. But it didn't appeal to most PC users in the 80's and 90's, and now we have another two horse race between Apple and Google. Google is pulling away, just deal with that."
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