Smartphones just passed the 50 percent mark this past quarter, finally edging out feature phones. But by 2017, 82 percent of all phones sold will be smartphones, according to market researcher NDP.
Global phone shipments are over 418 million, smartphone shipments hit a record 250 million, and Android has captured a record 81 percent global market share.
Windows Phone is continuing to make inroads over the Atlantic, almost doubling its share of new phones sold in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK.
Tomorrow Apple is going to unveil new iPhones, new sales numbers, and a new mobile operating system. Tonight, however, Microsoft put up its hand and said “Don’t forget about us!”
And the company has good reason to.
Samsung has extended its global lead over Apple in the world’s use of mobile devices to access the internet, according to the latest numbers from web analytics provider StatCounter.
Which may not last long, of course, given Apple’s coming iPhone launches.
First-time buyers are turning away from Android as Apple’s three-year-old iPhone 4 was the top model for feature-phone switchers in the last three months, according to the latest numbers from Kantar Worldpanel.
Proving once again that the U.S. smartphone market is a very, very different animal.
“But with a new iPhone and revamped iOS coming out later this year, Apple is well-positioned to re-capture market share,” he said.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, however, was philosophical.
“In the arc of time, China is a huge opportunity. I don’t get discouraged over a 90-day cycle.”
This really is Mac versus PC all over again, as iOS hit its lowest levels since 2010.
Last month Kantar Worldpanel numbers showed iPhone and Windows Phone were growing faster than Android in the U.S. market. In new results released today, iOS and Windows Phone are up again, while Android market share has decreased.
In further proof the U.S. market is unlike any other in the smartphone industry, Apple’s iPhone grew market share in the last three months while Android held steady. But the most interesting numbers are elsewhere.
The revenue gap has existed for a long time in spite of Android’s massive userbase growth to 900 million strong.
As sure as gravity, Google Play will surpass Apple’s app downloads in September of this year. It’s simple a matter of mathematics.
The conventional wisdom in the smartphone market is that Android is overtaking everything else. But in surprising news released this morning by Kantar, Apple’s iPhone and Microsoft’s Windows Phone are actually growing market share faster than Android.
Editor’s Pick Android’s market share is a joke, and most tech writers aren’t getting the punchline.
Systemically, Apple is falling out of the race for smartphone supremacy. And that puts Apple at risk of being in Microsoft’s sights for the number two position in the global smartphone market share battle.
In the first quarter of 2013, a third of smartphones sold in the U.S. were prepaid, double the amount from the previous year. Apple’s share of the prepaid market? A mere 8 percent.
Let me say that again: Apple is at single digit growth in a market growing at almost 40 percent.
In a global smartphone market that Android has been expanding at a breakneck pace, a bright spot for Apple has been increasing market share in the lucrative U.S. domestic market. A new report from the Yankee Group says that’s going to continue, and that Apple is winning the slow way, via customer loyalty.
Half of Americans planning to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days are planning to buy iPhones, according to a new survey from 451 Research.
AT&T took a moment to toot its own horn this morning, announcing that it sold more than 10 million smartphones in the last quarter.