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Study: Android ships 4x more phones than Apple, & BlackBerry is a rounding error (2 charts)

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Google’s plan to dominate the mobile operating system market through an ecosystem of hardware manufacturers is paying off. According to analytics firm, ABI, Android devices shipped on 4 times more phones than Apple (44 percent versus 10 percent).

Apple, however, has the top device, with nearly 33 percent more phones shipped than the closest competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Poor Blackberry isn’t more than a rounding error, with around 750,000 OS devices shipped compared to Android’s 187 million.


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ABI estimation of total shipped phones generally fits with Android’s continued rise to dominance over the years and BlackBerry’s plummeting decline.

“Interestingly, basic mobile phones lost five percent market share, and Android picked up almost all of these users, suggesting Android is set to gain almost all of the billions of mobile subscribers still upgrading to smartphones. Certainly, Android looks set to completely dominate the high growth developing markets and increase its market share still further,” explained Nick Spencer of ABI.

Apple may have the top device, but in the race to conquer most of the phone-wielding world, Google may be on top.

For those who love the raw numbers, I include them below from ABI:

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12 comments
Shubhang Pande
Shubhang Pande

Wanna compare about how much android makes to iOS ?

Jim Wolfson
Jim Wolfson

Sorry, still no interest in downgrading from BB OS10.

David Stobbe
David Stobbe

Can't be true! - sent from my BlackBerry 10.

Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan

There's a big difference between shipping and selling.

Zeuwa Nwana
Zeuwa Nwana

Errr... does android make phones? False comparison much?

Tomas Rudokas
Tomas Rudokas

It will.be new wave back if apple will make good iphone6, android if far from perfect

Ben Nagelmakers
Ben Nagelmakers

I am confused to the title of this article, where is the rounding error?

Douglas Keith
Douglas Keith

Back in 2007 all the analysts were pumping up RIMM to destroy Apple's iPhone business and the BlackBerry was going to have major market share for the next five years.  It all goes to show how stupid or crooked analysts are.  I love the way these authors worship at the church of market share and they always seem to view Android as some sort of collective force against iOS when most of those Android manufacturers are engaged in a battle against each other.