iOS Powers Just 19% of Smart Mobile Devices Shipped in Q1 2013
Independent analyst firm Canalys is out with a new report highlighting total smart mobile device shipments for Q1 of 2013.
For the quarter, global shipments of notebooks, tablets and smartphones reached 308.7 million units, which represents year-on-year growth of 37.4%.
When it comes to OS vendors, Android remains the global OS leader, powering 59.5% of all smart mobile devices shipped.
Apple’s iOS only claimed a 19.3% share, while Microsoft’s 18.1% share reflects its relative strength in the PC market but continued challenger status in the smartphone space, the report reads.
“Despite its slowing growth, Apple still shipped over 37 million iPhones,” says Pete Cunningham, Canalys Principal Analyst. “But HTC and Samsung have raised the bar with their latest handsets and Apple needs to respond with its next iPhone. The iPhone user interface is now six years old and badly in need of a refresh. Hardware-wise, the biggest dilemma that Apple faces is what it does with the size of the display on the next iPhone. It cannot afford to ignore the trend for larger displays in premium smart phones. We expect an increase on the iPhone 5’s 4″ display but are not anticipating a ‘Phablet’-style iPhone.”