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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...
05-16-2013, 12:54 PM #1
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.
05-16-2013, 12:59 PM #2
Every where I go I see people with iPhones iPads compete rubbish
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05-16-2013, 01:32 PM #4
Most people who plan on buying a iPhone within the next few months are just waiting for the next one? I swear I see this same story every time a new iPhone is going to be released within the next few months...
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05-16-2013, 01:59 PM #6
Since the release of the first iPhone and subsequent release of a purported iPhone killer, this story has popped up. One week the iPhone is breaking records for still selling more 4S models than the new HTC One or Blackerry is selling combined. Now all of a sudden their demise is imminent. WTF??? Please find something relevant to write about.
05-16-2013, 02:11 PM #7
Umm..last I checked its your choice to read or not to read. Simply scroll past articles that are of no interest to you. I know some of these stories get old but they are still relevant. I find the stories of Apple products more relevant than the actual Android hardware itself :]
05-16-2013, 02:29 PM #8
I am so tired of seeing these articles comparing iOS to Android in terms of units sold. Android is OPEN SOURCE, and is running on 4,000 different devices, while iOS is only running on 20 (including Apple TV), and there are only 7 unique iOS devices that are currently being sold.
This is like trying to compare how many pencils are being sold vs how many BIC (and specifically BIC) mechanical pencils are being sold. It says absolutely nothing about neither the market nor how much money is being made by the companies.
The more accurate question is how many Nexus phones/tablets are being sold as compared to iPhones and iPads?
This is like comparing how many people are having free (open source) sex vs paying for sex. What the hell?
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05-17-2013, 03:38 AM #13
I have to say though, after using the Nexus and Note 2, holding an iPhone feels like when I got the iPhone 3G years ago and then holding my Motorola ROKR E6. The E6 felt so tiny and "low tech." Even my friend's iP5 felt low tech. It's pretty much the same design as the iP4 3 years ago and same iOS design since the beginning!
One thing I do give to Apple is that their stuff have great resale value. Sold both my iP4 for $300 a piece!
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05-17-2013, 08:20 AM #14
Several different manufacturers split sales of Android devices. Apple gets 100% of iOS sales. I don't get why that's so hard for people to understand. It's not a fair comparison. The only thing that matters is which platform(s) developers are creating apps for. As long as they're still making apps for iOS, Apple is fine. But if and when they start developing for Android over iOS, that's when Apple is in trouble.Does this rag smell like chloroform to you?
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05-17-2013, 11:45 PM #17
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05-18-2013, 04:49 AM #18
I see more Hondas than Ferraris in my town.
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05-19-2013, 01:58 AM #20
So what are the Hondas and what are the Ferraris? At the time of release, GS3/Note 2 costs the same as an iPhone 5. I hope you're not implying the iPhone is the Ferrari because it's certainly far from being a "top tier" phone.