A surge in Android sales has seen Google’s open-source smartphone OS shoot past the iPhone in the US consumer market as Windows Mobile slumps towards single-digit insignificance.
on 05/12/2010 – Made popular on 05/12/2010
Android sailed past Windows Mobile for the first time in the first quarter of 2010, joining Apple's iPhone OS as one of the only two top mobile operating systems to increase its market share year-on-year.
Apple might have just tipped its iPhone OS 4.0, but Android has jumped to nine percent of the U.S. smartphone market, according to ComScore. Meanwhile, Nielsen says U.S. smartphone sales will eclipse feature-phone sales by 2011, and ABI Research predicts that over 800 million Android apps will be downloaded this year, making it the fastest-growing OS in app downloads....
Android has overtaken Windows Mobile and Linux for fourth place in smartphone OS market share with 9.6 percent, says Gartner. The worldwide study of first quarter smartphone sales showed a 707 per cent year-on-year increase in Android sales in North America, while the total smartphone market saw its largest year-on-year increase since 2006, says the research firm....
With Apple in the middle of its first month of sales of two new iPhone models, the latest figures out from Kantar Worldpanel, a market research division of WPP, indicates that going into September, sales of Android smartphones are the strongest they have ever been.
It is not a word typically associated with Apple’s iOS devices, but some recent figures for the smartphone market in the U.K. shows their growth has been in the “entry-level” segment of the market. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech recently compiled data for the quarter ending June 2013 and found iOS had “surged” to 30.5% of the British smartphone market.
The iPhone 5 made its highly-anticipated arrival in China today, but despite strong pre-orders, it remains to be seen whether this will help Apple’s eroding share of the world’s largest smartphone market.
Though the iPhone continues to be hugely popular among Chinese consumers, this may not be enough to hold onto the interest of China’s 290 million smartphone users.