As Android smartphones sell like hot cakes -- 3.7 million were reportedly activated on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day -- concerns about the fragmentation of the operating system are increasing, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt sought to allay those fears while speaking at a panel at the Consumer Electronics Show Tuesday.
In 2013, smartphones are poised to make a big leap in growth. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), smartphones are expected to rise about 32.7% during this year which should reach in a total number of 958.8 million units, up from 722.5 million from the previous year. Now days smartphones aren’t considered a luxury item as it once was just a couple years back.
“Android continues to fire on all cylinders,” notes IDC senior research analyst Ramon Llamas in IDC’s just released report on smartphone operating system market share for the second quarter of 2012. The report reveals Android powered smartphones accounted for 68.1% of all smartphones shipped during the second quarter.
Believe it or not, Android smartphones are still continuing to gobble up more market share. According to IDC, Android smartphones accounted for a ridiculous 81% of all phones shipped in Q3 (a good chunk of that was likely Samsung, too). All in all, Android shipments grew 51.3% year-over-year, and the smartphone market overall grew about 40% year-over-year.
Android Smartphones Fuel 'Phenomenal' Growth in China Roughly 81 percent of smartphones shipped throughout the second quarter in China had been Android-based, Canalys said. General, Android has 68.1 percent of the Chinese smartphone marketplace, up from 48 percent final year, whilst iOS was on 16.four percent of … Read much more on Computer Magazine
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker surprised even staunch Android supporters with the platform's growth. Android increased its domination of the market for smartphones in the second quarter of 2013, making up 80% of the total devices shipped globally. Apple, on the other hand, declined in market share, shipping only 13%.
Get ready for the most obvious statement of the year: smartphones are a big deal. Some of us want a concrete number behind that, though. Now that we’ve got all the major earnings reports for the year out of the way, we’ve got that concrete number. Over 200 million phones were shipped in Q4, and the annual total for smartphones in 2012 was 671 million.