iOS is catching up, and Android is slipping. This past Q2 reports are in, and the numbers are showing that Apple saw an increase of 2 million iPhone shipments, while Android saw a drop of nearly the same amount. Coincidence? Possibly. Also possibly not. The most recent numbers from Strategy Analytics are showing us that while Android is slowly losing some if it’s over-saturated marketshare, Apple is beginning to gain some ground on Google’s mobile OS. Android is still large though, going from 60.6% to 56.2%. Apple’s grew though from 23.2% to 33.2%, so it is growing fast.
The total sales of iPhones increased from 5.9 million to 7.9 million, showing that it was there to pick up the slack when Android device shipments dropped from 15.5 million to 13.4 million. Yes, Android devices are still selling more, but think about this, Apple has 3 devices currently in the smartphone market (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S) while Android has so many I can’t keep track anymore. So with a plethora of devices available, selling “only” 5.5 million more devices is not many at all.
Lastly, total smartphone sales are down 5.4%, while last year they were on a 70.1% jump from the previous year. This could be for a couple of reasons, one of them (and my personal idea) is that because they were on such a large jump, most everyone that wants a smartphone nowadays, already has one. And most contracts are 2 years here in the US, so that could explain why people weren’t buying as many.
What do you think? Will Apple catch Android or is this just a temporary phenomena? Do you think Android really deserves to have the title of most marketshare because of it’s over-saturation? Let us know in the comments.