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  • Despite iPhone Sales Surge, 1 Billion Android Devices Shipped Last Year


    Despite the record growth in sales of iOS-powered devices last year (not to mention the astounding fact that nearly 75 million iPhones were sold last quarter), Android devices continue to gain massive traction on a global scale.

    According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, Android accounted for 81 percent of all smartphones last year, shipping more than 1 billion units worldwide in a single year for the first time on record. Apple's share of the global smartphone OS market for the full year was just 15%.

    All told, it's a massive accomplishment for the Android platform and a clear indicator that a competitive war remains between iOS and Android. The only other player to register on the scale last year was Microsoft, which shipped 38.8 million smartphones for a "relatively niche 3 percent marketshare" worldwide in 2014.

    "Global smartphone shipments grew 30 percent annually from 1.0 billion units in 2013 to a record 1.3 billion in 2014," says Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics. "Emerging markets, such as China and Indonesia, drove the industry's growth last year and they will continue to do so through 2015."

    Source: Strategy Analytics
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Despite iPhone Sales Surge, 1 Billion Android Devices Shipped Last Year started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Answer1o1's Avatar
      Answer1o1 -
      That's because they make about 2.3 billion different android phones
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      There's a reason for that. At my local supermarket there are currently at least 15 different versions of junk android phones available for less than $100. And that's just one place here in the US.

      As android users famously said up until android market share tipped 50%: quantity does not equal quality.

      Just sayin
    1. bcondemi's Avatar
      bcondemi -
      ...and android phones are more affordable. They are not overpriced like apple is. IMO
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bcondemi View Post
      ...and android phones are more affordable. They are not overpriced like apple is. IMO
      As in any business, if you're not making enough money, you're not charging enough. Apple knows this rule as a single entity and just look at the results. Highest profit record in history.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      You get what you pay for.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      You get what you pay for. I know what i am getting when i shell out the $$ for my iPhone.
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
      You get what you pay for. I know what i am getting when i shell out the $$ for my iPhone.
      Agreed! Apple all the way.
    1. clifdog's Avatar
      clifdog -
      There are many companys who make andriod phones one that makes iphone you do the math.
    1. Feanor64's Avatar
      Feanor64 -
      I love my iPad and I always had an iPhone from 3gs on. Buttttttt I made the jump last August to a htc m8. Guys it's a nice phone I love it. It's rooted, running venom rom and it's pretty dang nice.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I'm not sure Android vs. iOS is a smart comparison in regard to sales. That's like comparing the sale of individual Cheerios to the sale of doughnuts. They're both the same shape and they're both food but the difference in quantity and worth is extreme.
    1. obiwankod's Avatar
      obiwankod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      I'm not sure Android vs. iOS is a smart comparison in regard to sales. That's like comparing the sale of individual Cheerios to the sale of doughnuts. They're both the same shape and they're both food but the difference in quantity and worth is extreme.
      This! Is an amazing analogy!
      You Sir, have just won the internet.
    1. Nerd's Avatar
      Nerd -
      I just bought the blackberry passport and love it,like the shape of it you can see both ways equally unlike other phone shape when you turn to portrait or landscape mode you always get one side narrow and on side long.
    1. Jayzero76's Avatar
      Jayzero76 -
      Google does a good job some android phone are really good but still Google! They wanna know what we do all the time same as Facebook somehow they have to make money!
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I just did a quick search of iOS versus Android.

      - iOS has a TOTAL of 24 devices that it has ever run on.
      - In August 2014, Android had 18,796 'distinct' devices!!!

      I'm surprised Android hadn't shipped 1 billion devices in 6 months w/ those numbers.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      I just did a quick search of iOS versus Android.

      - iOS has a TOTAL of 11 devices that it has ever run on.
      - In August 2014, Android had 18,796 'distinct' devices!!!

      I'm surprised Android hadn't shipped 1 billion devices in 6 months w/ those numbers.
      11? iphone x 10 ipod touch x 5 ipad x 8. That's 23. Don't disagree, but the numbers are wrong.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      11? iphone x 10 ipod touch x 5 ipad x 8. That's 23. Don't disagree, but the numbers are wrong.
      My bad, it was ten releases of just the iPhone. I'll fix my post! Thanx! [emoji106]

      10 - iPhones
      5 - iPods
      6 - iPads
      3 - iPad Minis
    1. kfernandes29's Avatar
      kfernandes29 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bcondemi View Post
      ...and android phones are more affordable. They are not overpriced like apple is. IMO
      You try using one of those bargain android devices for a week and report back here with your results.

      My bet.....you get frustrated by their performance and move on.