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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. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      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
      Android already has the bigger piece of the pie, Global share is at 70%. there are some exciting new phones coming out from Samsung, HTC and Moto so I expect that Android's global share will grow again but at some point its going to peak and slowdown.

      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

      Troll, Android does not lag. you obviously haven't used it so stop repeating what you hear from apple fans about Android from 3yrs ago. same goes for the battery life lie you people love to perpetuate. if people are going to run 4G phones with 4.5"+ screens and half a dozen widgets they can expect shorter battery life. a tiny 3.5" screen with 4G incompatibility and no widgets would naturally get somewhat better battery life.

      Id put my Note or my Wife's S3 against your iPhone 5 any day and all day and either device will not only perform better than your iPhone but will also offer a better experience as well.

      and before you come with the predictable "troll" response--I have iPhones too.

      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.
      Im beginning to wonder if iOS users get paid to spread misinformation and lies about Android. the Note/Note 2 is not uncomfortable to hold and the S3 is actually more comfortable to hold than the iPhone. iOS does not have more web traffic, iOS users are pretty much limited to using Safari whereas Android users can use any browser THEY choose.

      my Galaxy note fits in the front pocket of skinny jeans and anybody can afford an iPhone, some of them are offered for Free and many Android phones START at $300.
    1. yatezy's Avatar
      yatezy -
      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...... 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...
      There are plenty of things a jailbroken iphone can't do that can be done on stock android. Tasker is a great example of this. Not everyone wants to be in a walled garden.

      Also, if you jailbreak doesn't that mean you have an agenda against apple by not using the way they want.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by yatezy View Post
      There are plenty of things a jailbroken iphone can't do that can be done on stock android. Tasker is a great example of this. Not everyone wants to be in a walled garden.

      Also, if you jailbreak doesn't that mean you have an agenda against apple by not using the way they want.
      What does tasker do?
    1. ItzMar's Avatar
      ItzMar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      What does tasker do?
      It automates tasks.

      For example you can set it to turn wifi on when your at home or work and turn it off / stop searching for hotspots while your driving which are all encrypted anyway. This can be done by location (GPS), time, but the best feature is that it can be done by radio tower. As your phone is already searching for a signal it seems the best option.

      You can automate practically everything that you would have to do manually.

      Beginners Guide to Android Tasker | Part 1 of 3 - YouTube
    1. yatezy's Avatar
      yatezy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      What does tasker do?
      Allows me to completely automate my phone, for example it will turn itself on to airplane mode at night, turn itself on loud on the days I'm working then when I get to work turn the phone onto silent, then when I get home turn my phones hotspot onI so my missus can use my data. These are based on the phones location, times etc

      Takes time to set up but the power of it is amazing.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by yatezy View Post
      Allows me to completely automate my phone, for example it will turn itself on to airplane mode at night, turn itself on loud on the days I'm working then when I get to work turn the phone onto silent, then when I get home turn my phones hotspot onI so my missus can use my data. These are based on the phones location, times etc

      Takes time to set up but the power of it is amazing.
      Sounds pretty cool. Will have to check it out on my two Nexus devices. Doesn't sounds like anything a jailbroken iPhone couldn't do with various cydia tweaks though. Between Springtomize, Flex, Activator, Airplane scheduler and the built in do not disturb it could probably do very similar if not the same things. Will have to check tasker out myself though to see.
    1. yatezy's Avatar
      yatezy -
      They're just simple profiles but can get far more technical
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Why do these articles always go way off topic. It was about phone os's, not about hardware. How can you compare the iPhone to almost every other phone made by many different manufacturers? Not really a fair comparison. Now the obvious fanboy response would be that maybe it is a fair comparison, as it takes that many different models to compete with the iPhone, but I'm not gonna go there.

      Lets face it, if you want to compare android to iOS, then unfortunately, there isn't any real good way to do it, as everyone has different wants and needs. iOS is made to be very secure and to provide all users with a similar experience, while android is made to give people a much more personalized experience and be a fairly open platform.

      I do want to ask as to how people think that the note2 fits comfortably I'm your hand. You can't reach the entire phone with one hand. It has absolutely no ergonomics. It's made to be used with 2 hands like a baby's toy. But to each their own.
    1. SuperFastSlug's Avatar
      SuperFastSlug -
      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      Android already has the bigger piece of the pie, Global share is at 70%. there are some exciting new phones coming out from Samsung, HTC and Moto so I expect that Android's global share will grow again but at some point its going to peak and slowdown.




      Troll, Android does not lag. you obviously haven't used it so stop repeating what you hear from apple fans about Android from 3yrs ago. same goes for the battery life lie you people love to perpetuate. if people are going to run 4G phones with 4.5"+ screens and half a dozen widgets they can expect shorter battery life. a tiny 3.5" screen with 4G incompatibility and no widgets would naturally get somewhat better battery life.

      Id put my Note or my Wife's S3 against your iPhone 5 any day and all day and either device will not only perform better than your iPhone but will also offer a better experience as well.

      and before you come with the predictable "troll" response--I have iPhones too.



      Im beginning to wonder if iOS users get paid to spread misinformation and lies about Android. the Note/Note 2 is not uncomfortable to hold and the S3 is actually more comfortable to hold than the iPhone. iOS does not have more web traffic, iOS users are pretty much limited to using Safari whereas Android users can use any browser THEY choose.

      my Galaxy note fits in the front pocket of skinny jeans and anybody can afford an iPhone, some of them are offered for Free and many Android phones START at $300.
      Actually, I agree. I like the galaxy a lot, though I have an iPhone. It is a little big for some users though, although the big screen is a nice feature to have

      Quote Originally Posted by yatezy View Post
      Allows me to completely automate my phone, for example it will turn itself on to airplane mode at night, turn itself on loud on the days I'm working then when I get to work turn the phone onto silent, then when I get home turn my phones hotspot onI so my missus can use my data. These are based on the phones location, times etc

      Takes time to set up but the power of it is amazing.
      That is actually pretty sick. I'll have to see if I can do that with my jb iPhone 4S.
    1. SuperFastSlug's Avatar
      SuperFastSlug -
      Quote Originally Posted by yatezy View Post
      Allows me to completely automate my phone, for example it will turn itself on to airplane mode at night, turn itself on loud on the days I'm working then when I get to work turn the phone onto silent, then when I get home turn my phones hotspot onI so my missus can use my data. These are based on the phones location, times etc

      Takes time to set up but the power of it is amazing.
      I found something like this on Cydia called aTimeTool
    1. CCNPJediHacker's Avatar
      CCNPJediHacker -
      Quote Originally Posted by kyphur View Post
      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?



      Actually wasn't any more difficult, was it?
      Not for a truly IQ challenged person no..

      Quote Originally Posted by schnedi View Post
      without the jailbreak the iphone is NOTHING!!

      but wait.. Android doesn't need to be rooted to change appearance, install tweaks, etc...
      I think you find it does...

      If you change try and theme without using a deodexed ROM and you will hang at boot... So you need to root to be able to install a deodexed ROM. Another flawed argument:/

      Quote Originally Posted by SuperFastSlug View Post
      I found something like this on Cydia called aTimeTool
      Jailbreak and Cydia is a far better experience than rooting as all jailbreak apps are centralised in one easy to find place too.

      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      Android already has the bigger piece of the pie, Global share is at 70%. there are some exciting new phones coming out from Samsung, HTC and Moto so I expect that Android's global share will grow again but at some point its going to peak and slowdown.




      Android does not lag. you obviously haven't used it so stop repeating what you hear from apple fans about Android from 3yrs ago. same goes for the battery life lie you people love to perpetuate. if people are going to run 4G phones with 4.5"+ screens and half a dozen widgets they can expect shorter battery life. a tiny 3.5" screen with 4G incompatibility and no widgets would naturally get somewhat better battery life.

      Id put my Note or my Wife's S3 against your iPhone 5 any day and all day and either device will not only perform better than your iPhone but will also offer a better experience as well.

      and before you come with the predictable "troll" response--I have iPhones too.



      Im beginning to wonder if iOS users get paid to spread misinformation and lies about Android. the Note/Note 2 is not uncomfortable to hold and the S3 is actually more comfortable to hold than the iPhone. iOS does not have more web traffic, iOS users are pretty much limited to using Safari whereas Android users can use any browser THEY choose.

      my Galaxy note fits in the front pocket of skinny jeans and anybody can afford an iPhone, some of them are offered for Free and many Android phones START at $300.
      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

      Quote Originally Posted by jOnGarrett View Post
      Android already has the bigger piece of the pie, Global share is at 70%. there are some exciting new phones coming out from Samsung, HTC and Moto so I expect that Android's global share will grow again but at some point its going to peak and slowdown.




      Troll, Android does not lag. you obviously haven't used it so stop repeating what you hear from apple fans about Android from 3yrs ago. same goes for the battery life lie you people love to perpetuate. if people are going to run 4G phones with 4.5"+ screens and half a dozen widgets they can expect shorter battery life. a tiny 3.5" screen with 4G incompatibility and no widgets would naturally get somewhat better battery life.

      Id put my Note or my Wife's S3 against your iPhone 5 any day and all day and either device will not only perform better than your iPhone but will also offer a better experience as well.

      and before you come with the predictable "troll" response--I have iPhones too.



      Im beginning to wonder if iOS users get paid to spread misinformation and lies about Android. the Note/Note 2 is not uncomfortable to hold and the S3 is actually more comfortable to hold than the iPhone. iOS does not have more web traffic, iOS users are pretty much limited to using Safari whereas Android users can use any browser THEY choose.

      my Galaxy note fits in the front pocket of skinny jeans and anybody can afford an iPhone, some of them are offered for Free and many Android phones START at $300.
      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.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by King_O_Hill View Post
      Why do these articles always go way off topic. It was about phone os's, not about hardware. How can you compare the iPhone to almost every other phone made by many different manufacturers? Not really a fair comparison. Now the obvious fanboy response would be that maybe it is a fair comparison, as it takes that many different models to compete with the iPhone, but I'm not gonna go there.

      Lets face it, if you want to compare android to iOS, then unfortunately, there isn't any real good way to do it, as everyone has different wants and needs. iOS is made to be very secure and to provide all users with a similar experience, while android is made to give people a much more personalized experience and be a fairly open platform.

      I do want to ask as to how people think that the note2 fits comfortably I'm your hand. You can't reach the entire phone with one hand. It has absolutely no ergonomics. It's made to be used with 2 hands like a baby's toy. But to each their own.
      Happens all the time. Same people always instigate it too. Sometimes it happens on articles that have absolutely zero to do with either OS.
    1. TechnoUniversity's Avatar
      TechnoUniversity -
      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
      That is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. Apparently you never heard of jelly bean?

      Quote Originally Posted by CCNPJediHacker View Post
      Not for a truly IQ challenged person no..



      I think you find it does...

      If you change try and theme without using a deodexed ROM and you will hang at boot... So you need to root to be able to install a deodexed ROM. Another flawed argument:/



      Jailbreak and Cydia is a far better experience than rooting as all jailbreak apps are centralised in one easy to find place too.



      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.
      You obviously haven't used a android phone in a while with stupid comments like that.
    1. CCNPJediHacker's Avatar
      CCNPJediHacker -
      Quote Originally Posted by TechnoUniversity View Post
      That is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. Apparently you never heard of jelly bean?
      Used it... Lags like hell... Used on an N10 and N4 and both were laggy and jolty;/ The N10 was worse and that has an A15 processor too with supposedly top of the line graphics implementation. This means either one of two things, either software is shite and hardware is capable or vice versa... I'm actually yet to see an android device that doesn't lag so I would most probably blame software... Android is crap and not worth the money paid. The only device that has value for money and is android is the N4 @230 pounds if you pay 500 pounds for an android device you were robbed!!

      Quote Originally Posted by TechnoUniversity View Post
      That is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. Apparently you never heard of jelly bean?



      You obviously haven't used a android phone in a while with stupid comments like that.
      Because you know my background don't you silly boy?

      I was using android right from Froyo to ICS and I'm so glad to be back using an iPhone. It's a different world to the cheap **** that is Android. 550 for a note 2, ooooo noooo
    1. TechnoUniversity's Avatar
      TechnoUniversity -
      Quote Originally Posted by CCNPJediHacker View Post
      Used it... Lags like hell... Used on an N10 and N4 and both were laggy and jolty;/ The N10 was worse and that has an A15 processor too with supposedly top of the line graphics implementation. This means either one of two things, either software is shite and hardware is capable or vice versa... I'm actually yet to see an android device that doesn't lag so I would most probably blame software... Android is crap and not worth the money paid. The only device that has value for money and is android is the N4 @230 pounds if you pay 500 pounds for an android device you were robbed!!



      Because you know my background don't you silly boy?

      I was using android right from Froyo to ICS and I'm so glad to be back using an iPhone. It's a different world to the cheap **** that is Android. 550 for a note 2, ooooo noooo
      Your experience is completely different from everyone else then. Definitely with mine.
    1. CCNPJediHacker's Avatar
      CCNPJediHacker -
      Quote Originally Posted by TechnoUniversity View Post
      That is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. Apparently you never heard of jelly bean?



      You obviously haven't used a android phone in a while with stupid comments like that.
      I worked on themes for cm5 and 6. Actually think android is better than iOS4 but not a touch on iOS5 or 6 with iCloud and iTunes in the cloud integration. And a Jailbroken iPhone totally owns any android phone, fact

      Quote Originally Posted by TechnoUniversity View Post
      Your experience is completely different from everyone else then. Definitely with mine.
      So you know everyone else's experience do you? Have you done surveys? Results? I know that the general consensus is android is ****. And you lurking on an Apple forum just proves that point, something to try and defend maybe?
    1. TechnoUniversity's Avatar
      TechnoUniversity -
      Quote Originally Posted by CCNPJediHacker View Post
      I worked on themes for cm5 and 6. Actually think android is better than iOS4 but not a touch on iOS5 or 6 with iCloud and iTunes in the cloud integration. And a Jailbroken iPhone totally owns any android phone, fact
      Fact nothing. Oh how I hate you fanboys. Stop being unbiased. I use Both iOS and android and I praise them both because they are Botha good os's but the stuff I hear some of you say on this site is complete $&@$
    1. CCNPJediHacker's Avatar
      CCNPJediHacker -
      Quote Originally Posted by TechnoUniversity View Post
      Your experience is completely different from everyone else then. Definitely with mine.
      It's actually quite disturbing how many pathetic android users lurk on this forum, this is a forum for users of Jailbroken apple phones, not users of overpriced cheap android devices...

      Quote Originally Posted by TechnoUniversity View Post
      Your experience is completely different from everyone else then. Definitely with mine.
      I'm definitely not a fanboy, just someone correcting you android muppets who think you have a point to prove with your phones. I have used both operating systems for an extended period of time and without a doubt in my unbiased opinion iOS trumps Android in most departments. If you want my honest truth I actually think Android works better as a phone OS. I like the pull down notification bar... I just feel it has too many issues with lag and fragmentation to ever be as good as iOS. Seeing android fanboys on this board replying to every news item makes me think that they have nothing better to do but try and promote android as a superior OS. No one in this forum stands up for the iPhone so I really think it's time somebody did...
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Wow you guys are still going on and on about this?
    1. TechnoUniversity's Avatar
      TechnoUniversity -
      Quote Originally Posted by CCNPJediHacker View Post
      It's actually quite disturbing how many pathetic android users lurk on this forum, this is a forum for users of Jailbroken apple phones, not users of overpriced cheap android devices...



      I'm definitely not a fanboy, just someone correcting you android muppets who think you have a point to prove with your phones. I have used both operating systems for an extended period of time and without a doubt in my unbiased opinion iOS trumps Android in most departments. If you want my honest truth I actually think Android works better as a phone OS. I like the pull down notification bar... I just feel it has too many issues with lag and fragmentation to ever be as good as iOS. Seeing android fanboys on this board replying to every news item makes me think that they have nothing better to do but try and promote android as a superior OS. No one in this forum stands up for the iPhone so I really think it's time somebody did...
      Yea I'm a huge droid boy! I mean I own a iPhone 5, iPad mini, iPad 4, MacBook Pro, and iMac.........Oh wait!...... Huh?