market share

IDC: Android takes top honors for 2013 with a 78.6 percent market share

The latest market share report has been released by IDC. This report is offering a look at the numbers for the fourth quarter of 2013, and also for the year as a whole. Some of this, such as how the charts are being dominated by Android will come with little surprise. But there is also the other side of the chart to consider, the bottom, which details the further decline of BlackBerry.

79% of smartphone shipments in 2013 were Android-based handsets

Android has increased its lead. According to new data, roughly 79% of all smartphones shipped globally were Android based handsets. Global smartphone distribution also increased greatly, with 990 million devices being sent out in 2013. If you’re keeping track, that’s 782.1 million Android handsets shipped in 2013.

Phablets predicted to oust small tablets in 2014

By next year, we might see more manufacturers and markets converge on tablets 8 inches and above in size and abandoning smaller ones. This will be due to a shift in consumers preference towards phones that are 5 inches or larger, nowadays called phablets.

Android has a 52% market share while Apple remains the top OEM

Research for the month of October shows Android is still king of the mobile landscape. Analytics firm comScore has released their monthly report on smartphone market share, and it shows Google’s operating system is still on top. Second is Apple and their iOS, while Blackberry — in a downward spiral — continues to embarrass Microsoft by holding firm at number three, even with a significant loss in users.
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