iOS market share shrinks: Android takes astonishing 74%

In the first 3 months of the year, Android has taken a massive 74.4% of the smartphone market.

Analyst firm Gartner has published figures today which shows that in Q1 of 2013 phones running Android software made up for almost 3 out of 4 smartphone sales, with a massive 156 million units sold. In second place came our beloved iOS, which only managed to sell 38 million smartphones (18.2%). Surprisingly, in 3rd place came Blackberry, which sold just over 6 million devices, followed closely by Microsoft Windows Phone, which sold 5.9 million.

The figures serve as proof of Android’s total domination of the smartphone market. However, breaking down the figures does show Apple in a slightly more favourable light.

When it comes to vendor, it was Samsung that took the lead with 64 million units, which only represents 30.8% of the market share, in comparison to Apple’s 18.2%. Samsung has firmly established itself as the flagship vendor for Android, its share up from 27.6% this time last year. In contrast, Apple’s share of the market has actually declined, last year taking 22.5% of the market.

The figures also show a huge growth in smartphone purchases, which is up 147 million units from a year ago, with mobile phone sales themselves remaining almost the same.

What do you think of these figures? Why is Android so firmly ahead in the smartphone OS market, and what can iOS do to change that? How important is the release of iOS 7 next month? Leave your comments below, and as always, follow me on Twitter @TiP_Stephen

Via: Cnet UK

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  • Kendo44

    I believe that people are getting bored with iOS and frustrated By Apples insistence of locking down the firmware. IOS 7 is make or break for me!