Android Dominates Nearly 80% of Smartphone Market, iOS Drops to 13% Share

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's iOS is losing ground to Android when it comes to smartphone operating system market share, according to a new report from research firm IDC. Apple's share of worldwide smartphone shipments dropped to 13.2% during the second quarter of 2013, while Android climbed to 79.3%.

    During the same quarter last year, Apple held 16.6% of the market, while Android held 69.1%. Despite its slight loss of share, iOS remains the number two operating system, with Android and iOS combined making up 92.5% of shipments.
    Worldwide Smartphone Shipments in 2Q13 in Millions of Units (Source: IDC)
    Windows Phone continues to gain market share as well, coming in at 3.7% during the second quarter of 2013, up 77.6% from its 3.1% share during Q2 2012.

    Other operating systems are consistently losing ground to the top three operating systems with BlackBerry OS representing 2.9% of shipments, Linux at 0.8%, and Symbian at 0.2%.

    Last week, IDC released its estimates on worldwide mobile phone sales, showing slowing growth for Apple's iPhone. Apple shipped 31.2 million iPhones during the second quarter of 2013, representing 13.1% of the market. Samsung shipped 72.4 million, for a market share of 30.4%.

    Those numbers may shift in the coming quarters as Apple gears up to launch its next generation iPhone and a new low-cost iPhone, possibly as early as September.

    Article Link: Android Dominates Nearly 80% of Smartphone Market, iOS Drops to 13% Share
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Hard to see that trend reversing, even with a new iPhone.

    give up now, BlackBerry.
  3. Popeye206 macrumors 68040


    Sep 6, 2007
    Check back in Q1 2014 for the real news. :)

    Not surprising given all the new and old Android phones.
  4. TheHateMachine macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2012
    Houston, TX
    Feel bad for Blackberry, lumbering dinosaur has turned into a lumbering woodchuck.

    Windows growing is rather surprising, seems to be gathering traction now.
  5. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    The problem is that the market grew by 50% YOY and Apple only grabbed 6.5% of those new customers.
  6. w0by macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2007
    Chicago, IL

    I was part of that. I've had an iPhone since the day it first came out, every model. I got so bored with it I sold it an got an HTC One. Once the iPhone 6 comes out I might go back, but we'll see about that :p. This isn't bashing Apple at all, it was just what I did.
  7. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    Casually looking around, I'd have guessed it's the other way around.
  8. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    Why exactly?
  9. Northgrove macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2010
  10. mama-exo macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2013
    Looks like all those years of telling people to go to android actually worked! :)
  11. Shotgun OS macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2006
  12. Rootus macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2008
    Portland, OR
    No real surprise here. Google is sorta in the position with mobile devices that Microsoft was with PCs. It looks like Apple will then occupy the same position that they did with PCs. As long as they can maintain the profit margin, they do pretty well as a niche player.
  13. rockland macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2008

    Competition is healthy for everyone. Not only the consumer: also the producers. It keeps everyone on top of their game. And it serves as many different types of consumers as possible.

    Remember The Beach Boys vs The Beatles in the late sixties? Not to compare Android to either of those bands (!), but the competition spurred both to greater and greater heights of innovation -- and brought immeasurable happiness for those who bought their records.
  14. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    Open versus closed system. It's Windows / V.s Mac OS all over again.

    That said, Apple has learned how to Be profitable having only a segment of the overall market, and will likely be fine as long as it doesn't start to alienate too many of their current users.
  15. springsup macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2013
    Honestly, I'm not sure iOS7 is going to help them reverse the trend.

    They're going to need to drop their hardware prices.
  16. iomar macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
    I just don't understand these reports. One day iOS as 70% of iOS and next day Android and why do we care what is Android's market share. I love my iOS and iOS 7 looks really cool!
  17. Popeye206 macrumors 68040


    Sep 6, 2007
    Again.... we're talking shipments here... not sales... don't know how many of those new shipments are sitting dead on shelves???
  18. Krov7 macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2013
    Apple keeps putting their head in the sand. The numbers show it IS happening, no matter how special you think apple is.
  19. macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2011
    Mumbai (India)
    Apple will never grab any significant market share, but they will get significant proportion of all significantly rich customers, same goes for macs and ipad.
  20. FakeWozniak macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    This is an off-quarter, everyone knows that. Wait to fall.
    I trust the actual usage numbers anyway as Samsung is know to lie on numbers.
  21. Risco macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2010
    United Kingdom
    No, the difference is Apple make a great profit. The majority of the "smartphone" with Android are barely able to run the OS because it needs crazy fast hardware to run smooth. They are also cheaply built and are effectively throwaways...
  22. MacMyDay, Aug 7, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2013

    MacMyDay macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2003
    Cambridge, England
    Even though they are not hugely significant gains, I am pleased to see Microsoft beginning to offer some competition within the market place. It is better for everyone if there is more competition.
  23. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    I'd be willing to venture it's the same mix as last year, so you can likely treat the number as pure growth in sales and shipments.

    Your comment isn't even relevant to what I said. I wasn't making any comment on the merits of either platform. I was simply pointing out that the YOY growth of the market is huge and android grabbed most of it. Apple's YOY growth was paltry in comparison. They didn't fail to retain customers (platform wars yay!!!), they simply failed to gain new ones as fast.
  24. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    I just feel badly for Windows Phone and Blackberry. They both have great operating systems and great hardware. It's sad to see them not getting adopted higher.

    It's not good for one OS to have 80% of the market
  25. tekno macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2011
    Seriously?! That's really, really bad. Where have you heard this?

    As for the article, I'm not surprised and I've believed for a few years that Apple will drop very low in the smartphone share which will then start to impact on their other product sales. I'm someone, like many apparently, who has dropped iOS for Android and hasn't looked back.

    I think we'll start to see Android OS appearing in products other than phones and tablets (cars, home automation, fridges, sat navs etc.) and a desktop OS (I think Chrome OS is Google's beta). At the moment, the choice for most is Windows or Apple - not much of a choice in my opinion.

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