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  • IDC Points to Shrinking iOS Shipments


    IDC isn't the bearer of good news for Apple today.

    Android and iOS may have combined for 92.3% of all smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2013, but iOS is clearly the weak member of that dominant team. Android represented a staggering 75% of this smartphone shipment duopoly. iOS, on the other hand, claimed just 17%.

    "Underpinning the worldwide smartphone market is the constantly shifting operating system landscape," explains Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team. "Android and iOS accounted for more than the lion's share of smartphones in the first quarter, but a closer examination of the other platforms reveals turnaround and demand for alternatives. Windows Phone has benefited from Nokia's participation, and BlackBerry's new BB10 devices have already hit a million units shipped in its first quarter of availability."

    The real story in IDC's report today, however, has little to do with Android or iOS. In fact, the attention is shifting to Microsoft as the Windows Phone passed BlackBerry in Q1 smartphone shipments. "Windows Phone claiming the third spot is a first and helps validate the direction taken by Microsoft and key partner Nokia," says IDC analyst Kevin Restivo. "Given the relatively low volume generated, the Windows Phone camp will need to show further gains to solidify its status as an alternative to Android or iOS."

    To read the full IDC report issued this morning, click here.

    Source: IDC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: IDC Points to Shrinking iOS Shipments started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      You know what site you are on?
      I still own 2 iPads so yes. And it has nothing to do about my opinion that an iPhone =/= to a Ferrari. If anything, the HTC One would be the one. Same construction, bigger screen, full HD, stereo speakers, faster processor. Since the iPhone 4, Apple will always be playing catchup to other phones. I loved the iPhone for 4 years. But now I'm fed up with their slow progression.

      Even with the software side, have you noticed that a lot of the tweaks coming out lately on this very site are pretty much copies of what Android already has? I never noticed this until I got the Nexus 4 and the Note 2. People are trying to make iOS mimic Android! Gee, I wonder why...
    1. kyle1503's Avatar
      kyle1503 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      You know what site you are on?
      Are you implying that because this site revolves around the iPhone we should ignore that fact that Android has matured far beyond i devices? I have been following this site since 2007, even before the name had to be shortened, long before you could afford or develop for iOS.
      I woukd suggest that you gather more information before you post next time.

      Sent from my Galaxy S4
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kyle1503 View Post
      Are you implying that because this site revolves around the iPhone we should ignore that fact that Android has matured far beyond i devices? I have been following this site since 2007, even before the name had to be shortened, long before you could afford or develop for iOS.
      I woukd suggest that you gather more information before you post next time.

      Sent from my Galaxy S4
      I see all the facts you've posted.

      I've used a Note 2 and I like the battery. That's all.

      Quote Originally Posted by RyoSaeba View Post
      I still own 2 iPads so yes. And it has nothing to do about my opinion that an iPhone =/= to a Ferrari. If anything, the HTC One would be the one. Same construction, bigger screen, full HD, stereo speakers, faster processor. Since the iPhone 4, Apple will always be playing catchup to other phones. I loved the iPhone for 4 years. But now I'm fed up with their slow progression.

      Even with the software side, have you noticed that a lot of the tweaks coming out lately on this very site are pretty much copies of what Android already has? I never noticed this until I got the Nexus 4 and the Note 2. People are trying to make iOS mimic Android! Gee, I wonder why...
      See that's the thing with Android. It comes built in with 100 tweaks that I can choose to install or not from Cydia on my iPhone. For a user like me, why would I get Android with 100 tweaks (useless for me) when I only want 2 out of those 100.