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  • Android, iOS Secure 91% of Global Smartphone OS Market


    In the final three months of 2012, iOS and Android combined to account for a remarkably dominant share of the global smartphone OS market.

    Android and iOS - the world's top two smartphone operating systems, respectively - represented a staggering 91.1% of all smartphone shipments in Q4 of 2012.

    The International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker revealed Thursday that Android smartphone vendors and Apple shipped a total of 207.6 million units worldwide during the three-month period - a 70.2% increase in shipments over Q4 of 2011.

    "The dominance of Android and Apple reached a new watermark in the fourth quarter," says Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC. "Android boasted a broad selection of smartphones, and an equally deep list of smartphone vendor partners. Finding an Android smartphone for nearly any budget, taste, size, and price was all but guaranteed during 2012. As a result, Android was rewarded with market-beating growth."

    Although iOS's year-over-year growth has slowed compared to the overall market, Android didn't gain much headway on iOS, although the little green robot remains the most prevalent mobile operating system on the planet.

    "Demand for Apple's iPhone 5 kept iOS out in front and in the hands of many smartphone users," Llamas explains. "At the same time, lower prices on the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S brought iOS within reach of more users and sustained volume success of older models. Even with the Apple Maps debacle, iPhone owners were not deterred from purchasing new iPhones."

    Source: IDC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Android, iOS Secure 91% of Global Smartphone OS Market started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. Own3d's Avatar
      Own3d -
      Quote Originally Posted by kyphur View Post
      But of course Apple knows better what we users want than we do, right? Just one of the things about Android is you have a choice of hardware. Want a big screen or small screen you have options... With Apple your choices are limited to Siri or not, 30 pin or lightning connector, tall or short screen. Those really aren't a lot of options...



      Ha ha ha, seriously... Even in a case such as otterbox defender my GS3 isn't uncomfortable to hold. It really isn't that much wider than any model of iPhone.



      Not really, it's more likely because all of the seniors & teens who are getting their first iPhones and playing with their new toys. I work in the mobile phone industry and see more users exchanging iPhone 5 for Galaxy S III on a weekly basis.



      What are you, a midget? Just how small are your pockets? Your comments make it clear that you've simply never held on in yourmhand or slipped on into your pocket. My GS3 is quite comfortable in my pocket (even in the aforementioned otterbox defender).



      Because there is a lot of innovation between the iPhone 4 - 4s - 5, err I mean 4t (as in Tall)? Seriously what innovative changes were made? You still can't personalize your iDevice or add memory, yes these are things users actually want. Apple won't even allow innovative software, I've been able to use "Profile Managers" since Windows Mobile 2003 but apple won't allow then in the App Store, why?



      Your first argument is a bit backwards as that's a main reason for unknowing people to get Apple devices.

      As for the "can't afford Apple" I suppose you don't know the iPhone 4 is FREE and 4s starts at $50? The GS3 has occasionally been on sale for $50 but sells day in and day out for $150 - $200 despite the cheap Apples. Many users would rather spend $200 on a 16gb Android device plus up to $100 for a MicroSD card for up to 80gb on their Android device.

      The truth of the matter is that Android & Apple devices can all do the same things. The real question isn't which is better but which is a better fit for the user...

      If you're going to bash Android then at least make intelligent arguments from a position of knowledge instead of copy/paste hallow statements from Fanboi articles...

      FWIW, I've owned every iPhone from the 2g to the 5. I still have my iPad2 and MacBook Pro. My household has a total of 2 iPhone, 3 iPads (including a mini) and 2 MacBook Pros. We are a house of mixed tech from Windows & Apple to Android we chose the best device for the user/use. Ironically Apple is losing their handset foothold as both remaining iPhone will be gone by year's end!
    1. kyphur's Avatar
      kyphur -
      Quote Originally Posted by Own3d View Post
      You obviously can't read, can you?
    1. Painkiller006's Avatar
      Painkiller006 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CCNPJediHacker View Post
      Android lags like hell. And I also think it's pathetic that you Android users have to lurk on iPhone boards in a vain attempt to make you feel that your phone is special, when it's a laggy POS
      Hhahahahahahaha note outperform IPhone 5, I would say an iPhone 4 outperforms even the note 2 due to NO LAG and graphical power. Would have an iPhone 4 over any android device ever made.
      Are you Metallicafan? Seriously though, you obviously haven't used any of the current Android phone currently available in the market. As far as "lag", i get absolute zero lag on my Droid DNA, Battery life is great too considering it's the first 1080p screen on the market. Guess people follow along with the whatever the other sheep say. And who is lurking on your precious holy iOS boards, some people use both OS and some of us have been members of this board far longer than you have (this is my alt account since i forgot the details for my main account). I no longer use iphone as my main phone but i still visit this site since it was this site that introduced me to jailbreaking.
    1. fadadman's Avatar
      fadadman -
      Quote Originally Posted by CCNPJediHacker View Post
      Underachieving troll!



      If you understood anything about Android is that it will never be able to remove lag due to the type of codebase used... Also it will never be a battery friendly OS. I used to love android when iOS4 was around but ios5 and ios6 is many times better
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      Quote Originally Posted by regkilla View Post
      Why are you on an iOS website?

      Because unlike you my friend, he is not narrow minded or biased in this regard. thank you!!