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02-14-2013, 10:32 PM #1
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."
02-15-2013, 12:43 AM #2
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.
02-15-2013, 01:22 AM #3
02-15-2013, 02:06 AM #4
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02-15-2013, 04:24 AM #5
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02-15-2013, 04:58 AM #6
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.
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02-15-2013, 05:06 AM #7
02-15-2013, 05:39 AM #8
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!
02-15-2013, 05:40 AM #9
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.
02-15-2013, 05:42 AM #10
02-15-2013, 05:48 AM #11
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?
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02-15-2013, 05:59 AM #12
02-15-2013, 06:24 AM #13
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!!!
02-15-2013, 06:32 AM #14
02-15-2013, 07:24 AM #15
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
02-15-2013, 07:42 AM #16
02-15-2013, 08:10 AM #17
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.
02-15-2013, 08:28 AM #18
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.
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02-15-2013, 09:21 AM #19
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!
02-15-2013, 09:50 AM #20