IDC, market research agency, has released the list of top smartphone operating system (OS) vendors for the third quarter of 2013.
Google Android is the leading OS.
According to IDC, Android market share increased to 81 percent in Q3 2013 from 74.9 percent in Q3 2012. Apple iOS market share decreased to 12.9 percent from 14.4 percent. Windows Phones increased its OS market share to 3.6 percent from 2 percent. BlackBerry OS market share dipped to 1.7 percent from 4.5 percent.
Android pushed past 80 percent market share for the first time in Q3. While Android moved forward, the vast majority of its vendors still struggle to find meaningful market share. Samsung accounted for 39.9 percent of all Android shipments for the quarter, while the rest of the vendors either saw single-digit market share or, in the case of the majority of vendors, market share of less than 1 percent.
iOS, despite seeing its total volumes increase and reaching new record third quarter volumes, saw its market share decline during Q3, most likely due to soft demand in the weeks leading up to the launch of iOS 7 smartphones. iOS stands to reap another record quarter in terms of volumes, market share, and year-over-year growth, IDC said.
Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year growth of any of the leading operating systems, a result primarily driven by the support of Nokia. Nokia accounted for 93.2 percent of all the Windows Phone-powered smartphones shipped during the quarter, marking a new milestone in the company’s short history on the Microsoft platform.
BlackBerry recorded the largest year-over-year decline among the leading operating systems during 3Q13. Underpinning its results was softer demand for its new BB10 operating system and continued demand for its older BB7 within emerging markets.