Worldwide Android market share is 80 percent in Q3: IDC
By insightVAS - Wed Nov 13, 4:00 pm
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As per the data released by International Data Corporation (IDC) 81 percent of all handset shipped worldwide in third quarter of 2013 is Android based. This is for the first time that Android market share has topped 80 percent.
Though it has topped in market share but its vendors are struggling for a descent market share. Samsung accounted for 39.9 percent of all Android shipments for the quarter, while the rest of the vendors either saw single-digit market share or, in the case of the majority of vendors, market share of less than 1 percent.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone too saw a blazing growth. The operating system posted the largest year-over-year growth worldwide of any of the leading operating systems, it grew an amazing 156 percent year over year. Granted, volumes started from a small base of 3.7 million units a year ago and overall market share is still less than five percent. But Microsoft’s efforts, with Nokia’s support behind it, helped drive the platform into multiple tiers and price points.
iOS, despite seeing its total volumes increase and reaching new record third quarter volumes, saw its market share decline during the third quarter, most likely due to soft demand in the weeks leading up to the launch of iOS 7 smartphones.
BlackBerry recorded the largest year-over-year decline among the leading operating systems during the quarter. Underpinning its results was softer demand for its new BB10 operating system and continued demand for its older BB7 within emerging markets.
Despite high saturation rates in a number of mature markets, the overall smartphone space grew 39.9 percent year-over-year in the third quarter.
“Android and Windows Phone continued to make significant strides in the third quarter. Despite their differences in market share, they both have one important factor behind their success: price,” said Ramon Llamas, Research Manager with IDC’s mobile phone team. “Both platforms have a selection of devices available at prices low enough to be affordable to the mass market, and it is the mass market that is driving the entire market forward.”
The market has seen a large influx of large-screen smartphones (5-7″ screens), also known as phablets. Large-screen devices generally come with a higher selling price than smaller screen devices, due to the need for more powerful and expensive components.
“Almost all successful Android vendors have added one or more 5-7-inch phablets to their product portfolios,” said Ryan Reith, programme Director with IDC’s worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker. “And Nokia’s recent announcement of the Lumia 1320 and 1520 put them in the category as well. In 3Q13, phablet shipments accounted for 21 percent of the smartphone market, up from just 3 percent a year ago. We believe the absence of a large-screen device may have contributed to Apple’s inability to grow share in the third quarter.”
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