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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. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      I used to be a die hard Windows Mobile (phone) fan before the iPhone 3G came out. I held out as long as I could with the promise of the all new Windows Phone OS. Microsoft took way too long to innovate. Since then I've enjoyed my 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, and now 5. If anyone other than Apple and Google comes out with something new that even has a chance to take part of the 91% pie, I doubt it will be Microsoft. Blackberry is on it's last leg.
    1. hollafront1314's Avatar
      hollafront1314 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JazJon View Post
      I used to be a die hard Windows Mobile (phone) fan before the iPhone 3G came out. I held out as long as I could with the promise of the all new Windows Phone OS. Microsoft took way too long to innovate. Since then I've enjoyed my 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, and now 5. If anyone other than Apple and Google comes out with something new that even has a chance to take part of the 91% pie, I doubt it will be Microsoft. Blackberry is on it's last leg.
      android will take the bigger piece of the pie soon..very soon..get a gs3 or note 2, you'll understand why
    1. regkilla's Avatar
      regkilla -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollafront1314 View Post
      android will take the bigger piece of the pie soon..very soon..get a gs3 or note 2, you'll understand why
      Why are you on an iOS website?
    1. CCNPJediHacker's Avatar
      CCNPJediHacker -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollafront1314 View Post
      android will take the bigger piece of the pie soon..very soon..get a gs3 or note 2, you'll understand why
      Underachieving troll!

      Quote Originally Posted by hollafront1314 View Post
      android will take the bigger piece of the pie soon..very soon..get a gs3 or note 2, you'll understand why
      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
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      People are such sheep. Everyone sees the big galaxy screens and wants one. Everyone who has one is telling themselves its not uncomfortable to hold. That's why iOS has more web traffic... We can actually hold our phones. Not only is a galaxy phone hard to hold, it doesn't fit in your pocket either. Just about as practical as 26" rims. As long as apple continues to put out a solid product they'll never become like the company formerly known as rim. As long as people can't think for themselves or just can't afford the apple prices, android will continue to grow.
    1. CCNPJediHacker's Avatar
      CCNPJediHacker -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      People are such sheep. Everyone sees the big galaxy screens and wants one. Everyone who has one is telling themselves its not uncomfortable to hold. That's why iOS has more web traffic... We can actually hold our phones. Not only is a galaxy phone hard to hold, it doesn't fit in your pocket either. Just about as practical as 26" rims. As long as apple continues to put out a solid product they'll never become like the company formerly known as rim. As long as people can't think for themselves or just can't afford the apple prices, android will continue to grow.
      Agree with this totally, Android is an absolutely shocking OS. The Android fanboi argument is that you can do what you want on an Android phone... Well news for you JAILBREAK...... Android phones always run out of battery during the day unless you have a massive note 2 and the lag is just horrific... Anybody that prefers an Android device to an Apple device has an agenda against Apple as a company and not basing their opinion on the actual phone or tablet. Would not use Android again if you paid me.... Pile of steaming excrement... And that's from an unbiased point of view because I always wanna buy the best product no matter the vendor...
    1. kyphur's Avatar
      kyphur -
      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      People are such sheep. Everyone sees the big galaxy screens and wants one.
      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...

      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Everyone who has one is telling themselves its not uncomfortable to hold.
      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.

      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      That's why iOS has more web traffic... We can actually hold our phones.
      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.

      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      Not only is a galaxy phone hard to hold, it doesn't fit in your pocket either. Just about as practical as 26" rims.
      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).

      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      As long as apple continues to put out a solid product they'll never become like the company formerly known as rim.
      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?

      Quote Originally Posted by bmwraw8482 View Post
      As long as people can't think for themselves or just can't afford the apple prices, android will continue to grow.
      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. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      I plan on using Run Mobile Apps on Windows PC or Mac with BlueStacks | Android App Player (android in windows emulator)on my new Lenovo Helix hybrid tablet/notebook next month. That's about all the android ill play with for now. I'm really into iPhone and very happy with how great all the apps I have are.
    1. CCNPJediHacker's Avatar
      CCNPJediHacker -
      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!
      Try and dissect my argument then, don't prey on the weak fanboy....
    1. kyphur's Avatar
      kyphur -
      Quote Originally Posted by CCNPJediHacker View Post
      Agree with this totally, Android is an absolutely shocking OS. The Android fanboi argument is that you can do what you want on an Android phone... Well news for you JAILBREAK......
      Ha ha, that's funny. Do you know why fewer Android users ROOT their devices than iPhone users JAILBREAK?

      Because they don't have to if they want to:

      - Change the default internet browser.

      - Install a Profile Manager.

      - Assign a different e-mail alert tone for each of your e-mail accounts.

      - Use WIDGETS.

      - Customize or even completely replace the UI.

      Yes despite what Apple thinks a lot of users enjoy these features. If Apple was right about what all of the users want then Jailbreak wouldn't bee needed, would it?

      Quote Originally Posted by CCNPJediHacker View Post
      Try and dissect my argument then, don't prey on the weak fanboy....
      Actually wasn't any more difficult, was it?
    1. ItzMar's Avatar
      ItzMar -
      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
      My girlfriend has a Note 2 (which undoubtedly has a much larger mAh battery) which lasts her two straight days before the need for a charge. She is a avid fan of shadowgun which she plays a lot. I find this device in particular (not android as a general) to be exceptional on battery life.
    1. Junnito's Avatar
      Junnito -
      Tell me about it, black berry, it's done to late for the race, iPhone user since 1st gen. Till now and still be, nothing better the the iPhone, the good thing is that I've have theme all thru my kids, and little by little all of them have iPhones, lol keep up the good job apple!!!
    1. Schnedi's Avatar
      Schnedi -
      Quote Originally Posted by CCNPJediHacker View Post
      Well news for you JAILBREAK......

      without the jailbreak the iphone is NOTHING!!

      but wait.. Android doesn't need to be rooted to change appearance, install tweaks, etc...
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Honestly I'm an apple fan but android probably will, if it hasn't, take a higher amount of that share. But the way you say it android fanboy is a little irritating because you say it like its because they are better. It's 105% because they spam the market with products for low-end smartphone users and high-end. Apple had one phone product line and still has a large share of the market. It's like windows vs Mac, windows and android license their software to others like samsung or dell etc. windows and android are making only a fraction of the retail because its only their software not hardware. However apple manufactures software and hardware and use it exclusively on their own products. So they are making a drastically larger fraction of profits. That's why it's not a big deal when apples computers are only 10-20% of the share because they are exclusive, I don't mean that membership wise I mean that software wise. And this is why it's an extreme, EXTREME accomplishment apple has such a large share of the mobile market. So don't talk crap with no knowledge otherwise you make me rant :P
    1. jasvncnt10's Avatar
      jasvncnt10 -
      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
      Im just curious what lag your referring to?
    1. Alexthesniper21's Avatar
      Alexthesniper21 -
      Just remember: once android is rooted, it's rooted for ever and the ability to modify and install different types of OS's , over clicking, and theming , it's more advance but there's way to many android phones to compare.

      iPhone is just one simple OS and was to use and with its jailbreak, you do have lots of choices of tweaks. But your limited because of the UI and the updates.

      I used both phones: android and IOS , but both are different.

      I chose iPhone because its more simpler and I have all my music, but I miss android because all the customization.
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      Android does have more security issues and for an enterprise world. That is horrible. Roots for android come out within days of a new update. For iOS it takes almost 6months to find security holes. Plus all 200+ app stores for android have a crapload of malware in them that will never get sorted out. Apple likes to keep their UI simple for people who want to have an enjoyable experience who aren't that tech savy. And with a jailbreak, their are endless possibilities to changing the UI. Apple has a good theory of not letting users have much control because let's face it. 98% of computer issues are user error.

      Also, you can take a 4s iPhone or a 5 and use it on multiple carriers. Yes you can do this with a five. All iPhones 5 are gsm and CDMA compatible. It's only the LTE that isn't. I've had a iPhone 5 that works on all three big carriers. I don't believe you can do that with many android phones out there because the carriers have other companies by the balls. Apple is the only company to basically tell the carriers to suck it and your going to do what apple tells you to do. Which Is good for the consumer.

      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      Android does have more security issues and for an enterprise world. That is horrible. Roots for android come out within days of a new update. For iOS it takes almost 6months to find security holes. Plus all 200+ app stores for android have a crapload of malware in them that will never get sorted out. Apple likes to keep their UI simple for people who want to have an enjoyable experience who aren't that tech savy. And with a jailbreak, their are endless possibilities to changing the UI. Apple has a good theory of not letting users have much control because let's face it. 98% of computer issues are user error.

      Also, you can take a 4s iPhone or a 5 and use it on multiple carriers. Yes you can do this with a five. All iPhones 5 are gsm and CDMA compatible. It's only the LTE that isn't. I've had a iPhone 5 that works on all three big carriers. I don't believe you can do that with many android phones out there because the carriers have other companies by the balls. Apple is the only company to basically tell the carriers to suck it and your going to do what apple tells you to do. Which Is good for the consumer.

      Sorry about grammar, i typed this on my iPhone and I went fast.
    1. ThuD Muffin's Avatar
      ThuD Muffin -
      Sorry, but none of these arguments matter. With Ive taking a more active role in iOS software, Apple will have stunning hardware and software. This man does not disappoint!
    1. redzombi2k's Avatar
      redzombi2k -
      Quote Originally Posted by kyphur View Post
      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!
      Masterfully said, I honestly don't understand the extreme fanboy-isim attitude with so many here. If apple has the best product, guess what? Its in my pocket. The same goes for android, and windows. Ive owned the original iphone, the 3g, and currently the 4s. I did not upgrade to the 5 simply because I did not see the innovation. I am very interested however in the upcoming GS4, but that's just me. I guess I like to keep an open mind..
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      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
      Your reasoning is flawed. Have you ever used a droid razr MAXX no battery issues there it lasts beyond a day and is running android. You obviously know nothing about android. Move along sheep.