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  • IDC: Android Not Going to Lose Much More Ground to iOS


    It's been a consistent headline throughout the years -- iOS is gaining ground on Android in the global battle for smartphone supremacy.

    But don't expect the leadership gap to narrow much further.

    A new mobile phone forecast from IDC indicates that smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% in 2015 to 1.44 billion units (This is lower than IDC's previous smartphone forecast of 11.3% year-over-year growth in 2015).

    "Despite Apple's continued success with its variants of the iPhone, the story among operating systems is not expected to change throughout the forecast, with Android's 81% share in 2015 carrying forward until 2019."

    So why won't iOS make bigger gains against Android? It all boils down to the price tag.

    "Markets with the biggest growth opportunity are extremely price sensitive, which IDC believes will not change, and this is the main reason Apple will be challenged to take Android share throughout the forecast," the report summary explains.

    Source: IDC
    This article was originally published in forum thread: IDC: Android Not Going to Lose Much More Ground to iOS started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Scotty Manley Silberhorn's Avatar
      Scotty Manley Silberhorn -
      I still don't think they should be comparing operating systems. They should be comparing hardware makers sales instead.
    1. Rcworship's Avatar
      Rcworship -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Manley Silberhorn View Post
      I still don't think they should be comparing operating systems. They should be comparing hardware makers sales instead.
      It's a tough comparison. You're absolutely right about the lack of comparability. It's like comparing Chevy Corvettes and Hondas because they both are vehicles with engines. Corvettes are nice n fast, or really nice n really fast. Realistically, Hondas have some higher end models, but many lower end, more affordable models as well; there are many more to choose from. Both sides are cars that'll get you somewhere, but they're definitely not straight comparisons. That's my clumsy analogy.
    1. a2943149's Avatar
      a2943149 -
      These days from what I see online and in the real life is people are staying with Apple ONLY for the name. Most people I know that did have an iPhone have all moved to Android and those that still have an iPhone (I think 1 person, maybe 2?) only stay because they have never tried Android and staying with Apple because its an Apple.

      I say get an Android and try it out for 1 week. I bet you'll ditch your iPhone after the week is up, you wont go back.

      The only reason I still have an iPad is there are a few services that can easily be hacked on the iPad and the hacked account can then be transferred to Android. If the iPad was never jailbroken I would've left it years ago. The only reason I still have it is because its jailbroken.
      Thats gotta say something about IOS. Without a jailbreak its useless. Android stock NON ROOT is about the same as a jailbroken IOS. When you root Android it can do things IOS has never thought of.
    1. hogcia's Avatar
      hogcia -
      Quote Originally Posted by a2943149 View Post

      I say get an Android and try it out for 1 week. I bet you'll ditch your iPhone after the week is up, you wont go back.
      Wrong! I did get an android and HATED it, so after 14 days returned it to bestbuy. Never been happier, love my iPhone 6Plus.
    1. AEM's Avatar
      AEM -
      I agree hogcia. I switched from my iPhone 6 Plus to a Samsung Note 5 on Androids latest Lollipop 5.1.1. The Note 5 is a nice phone. Beautiful screen, s pen is cool, split screen and wireless charging are some of the features I really like about it. HOWEVER. When I compared it to my iPhone 6 Plus the Note 5 still was slow, glitchy, sometimes sluggish and some crashes in many commonly used features and apps. And it has 4gb of ram! I mean come on. Lol. Also only 64gb of memory? It's almost full already. I've had the Note 5 since release day 8/21 and I promised my self is give it a week at the very least. But I am most likely going to return it and get the 6s Plus. If my 6 Plus with A8 chip and 1gb of ram is still smother and faster then the note 5's 8 processor, 4 gb of ram then the 6s Plus should really be a beast. Hopefully. Again I'm not saying the Note 5 / Android is a bad phone. I love a lot of its features as mentioned above and would be in heaven if Apple implemented them in their OS. I guess smooth, fast, no glitches or crashes is good enough for me to stay with Apple. I think Samsungs problem is you have too many hands in the soup. Touch wiz, Android, Google all trying to work together I'm sure makes optimizing the device a hard task. That's why I think they need all the processors and so much ram to make it even run close to an iPhone. Just my thought on it.