Android supporters have reason to rejoice for the moment as tablets running our favorite mobile platform overtake Apple's iPads in Q3 2013 revenue. However, things might take a turn in favor of Apple when its new iPad models start flowing out.
IDC has released its figures for smartphone shipments for the third quarter of this year and Android is yet again at the top of it all. The market intelligence company attributes this lead, as well as the rather surprising growth of Windows Phone devices, to steadily declining average selling price in the market.
If there were any doubts as to Samsung's position among Android device manufacturers, this latest data from Localytics could disple those. As it is, Samsung practically owns the global Android market with 63 percent of the pie, which can be both a boon and a bane for the mobile platform.
Analytics company comScore has just released its 2013 third quarter report that gives their own take on the current state of the smartphone industry in the US. Using data gathered from its MobiLens online survey and Mobile Metrix census-based measurement methods, comScore paints us a picture of the mobile device market that, frankly, shouldn't surprise anyone by now.
The third quarter has ended and the financial and industry reports are all just coming in. While the smartphone industry has shown robust growth, the biggest performer of all is Huawei, who has surprisingly managed to climb up to third place in market share at the expense of LG.
There year isn't over yet, but Gartner is already feeling and sending good vibes about the state of shipments of tablets and mobile phones for 2013, at least compared to last year. The same, however, cannot be said for the PC market, which is continually experiencing a period of decline.
We know that the adoption of tablets and smartphones are growing at a rapid rate, and it seems there will be no slowing down as IDC predicts that the total number of tablets shipped in the last quarter of 2013 will surpass that of personal computers. Furthermore, things might get even more interesting by the end of 2015, at least for tablet manufacturers and vendors.
The figures for the second quarter of 2013 are almost all in and now it's Gartner's time to speak. Based on their findings, Gartner concludes that for the first time, smartphone sales have surpassed feature phone sales. And who else would be at top of the charts but the Android OS.
The IDC has released its 2013 second quarter smartphone market report and the numbers tilt heavily in favor of Android, which has acquired 79.3% of the market share. IDC warns, however, that Android shouldn't let its guard down as Apple's iPhone could still reclaim some part of that pie when the next iteration of the smartphone is released later this year.