Google Android and iOS gain in smartphone shipments in 2013, says IDC

IDC today said Android and iOS accounted for 95.7 percent of all smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013, showing 4.5-point increase.

In 2013, Android and iOS accounted for 93.8 percent of all smartphone shipments, posting 6.1-point increase over 2012.

Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team, said: “Android relied on its long list of OEM partners, a broad and deep collection of devices, and price points that appealed to nearly every market segment.”

Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, relied on nearly the opposite approach: a limited selection of Apple-only devices, whose prices trended higher than most.

Google Android and iOS gain in smartphone shipments in 2013

Android is the clear leader in the smartphone operating system race. Samsung led all Android vendors with a commanding 39.5 percent share of shipments for the year. Huawei, LG, Lenovo, Coolpad, and Sony will support Android this year. If Lenovo buys Motorola Mobility, the new company will leap ahead of Huawei, which was the number 2 Android vendor in 2013.

iOS had quarterly market share of 6.7 percent and 12.9 percent in 2013.

Windows Phone OS market share increased 46.7 percent in the quarter 90.9 percent in 2013.

BlackBerry OS share dipped 77.0 percent in Q4 and 40.9 percent in 2013, IDC said.

Top Five Smartphone Operating Systems, Shipments, and Market Share, 4Q 2013 (Units in Millions)
Operating System     4Q13
    4Q13 Market
    4Q12 Market
Year Change
Android 226.1 78.1 % 161.1 70.3 % 40.3 %
iOS 51.0 17.6 % 47.8 20.9 % 6.7 %
Windows Phone 8.8 3.0 % 6.0 2.6 % 46.7 %
BlackBerry 1.7 0.6 % 7.4 3.2 % -77.0 %
Others 2.0 0.7 % 6.7 2.9 % -70.1 %
Total 289.6 100.0 % 229.0 100.0 % 26.5 %
Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, February 12, 2014


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