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  • IDC: iOS, Android Claim 96% of Smartphone OS Share


    It's as close to complete market domination as it gets. In the 4th quarter of 2014, Android and iOS claimed a record share of the worldwide smartphone market.

    According to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Android and iOS accounted for 96.3% of all smartphone shipments in the final three months of 2014. That's up from 95.6% in 4Q13 and from 93.8% in CY13.

    All told, both iOS and Android still show signs of respective strengths and weaknesses. For example, when it comes to year-over-year shipment growth, Android outpaced the overall smartphone market for CY14 (32.0% vs 27.7%, respectively) while iOS beat the market in 4Q14 (46.1% vs 29.2%, respectively).

    "Many of the same drivers were in play for Android and iOS to tighten their grip on the market," Ramon Llamas, Research Manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team, is quoted in today's report summary. "A combination of strong end-user demand, refreshed product portfolios, and the availability of low-cost devices particularly for Android drove volumes higher."

    To learn more or to check out additional stats from IDC, click here.

    Source: IDC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: IDC: iOS, Android Claim 96% of Smartphone OS Share started by Michael Essany View original post