Apple iOS pulls down Android smartphone shipments in Q4: ABI Research

Certified Android shipments fell to 206 million in Q4 2014 from 217 million in Q3 2014, mainly due to Apple iOS’ 90 percent growth from 39.3 million to 74.5 million iPhones shipped, but also due to forked Android.

Apple’s iOS has attacked Google’s Android at the high end and forked Android (AOSP) at the low end in high growth emerging markets.

Android Smartphone Shipments in Q4 2014

“The Android One initiative has slowed forked Android growth, but Apple’s success has taken the high end of the market away from certified Android’s premium tier vendors,” said Nick Spencer, senior practice director, Mobile Devices, ABI Research.

ABI Research said many premium tier Android vendors may review their operating system and strategies in light of Apple and forked Android vendor Xiaomi’s success.

Baburajan K
editor@gizmolead.com

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