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Android on nearly 80% of smartphones shipped in Q2 2013

By Scorpus ยท 10 replies
Aug 8, 2013
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  1. Android market share has risen significantly in Q2 2013, as it was the operating system of choice on a staggering 79.3% of all smartphones shipped during the period, according to IDC. The gains came at the expense of iOS, BlackBerry...

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  2. NimbusTLD

    NimbusTLD TS Addict Posts: 101   +81

    Is the Nexus 4 considered an LG phone or an "Others" phone? And how come HTC doesn't get its own vendor category?
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  3. Presumably because it didn't garner enough shipments.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,164   +1,416

    We saw this exact thing happen in the PC market in the 1980's. Apple had the Mac, which was first and awesome, but they didn't let anyone put Apple OS on their own PCs. Meanwhile Microsoft comes out with Windows 95 and lets everyone (like Dell, Gateway, HP, Acer...) use it for a fee. Software makers sided with the Windows platform because more PCs were running it and Apple decides to fire Steve Jobs and only sell computers to schools. Years later they rehired Jobs, who then helped Apple recover with the iMac.

    Apple is pulling the same stunt today by not allowing other makers to use iOS. They won't have the same software problem though because the Apple App store isn't a smaller market like Apple software was in the 80s because the iPhone was superior for so long.

    Still, right now, it looks a little like we're watching Apple make the same mistake all over again, only they can't call up Steve for another grand-slam product idea.
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  5. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 307

    Apple still makes the most profit of any of the smartphone companies so they must be doing something right. The iPhone 5C will help them regain market share.
  6. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    True that Apple still does ask for more money than the true value of each phone, but what would help you sleep after a hard day at work, having sold 73 million handsets or knowing that your company made a few dollars more profit per handset on just 31 million?

    The chart shows that Apple lost market share to the tune of 3.4%, or the equivalent loss of 8 million handsets. Not being able to shift 8 million handsets when your share of the market is 31 million is substantial. In the battle between Apple vs. Android the victory is clear.

    But I wouldn't count Apple out of the race just yet.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,164   +1,416

    Yes, they are doing many things right, but where they are isn't as important as where they're headed. Their stock price was as high as $700 last Aug/Sept, but is now at $450. When they released their last quarterly numbers, they were good, but profit still went down because they are making less per phone sold. That is because they are selling more older models and fewer iPhone 5's because the markets where the iPhone is selling well, like China, doesn't have a population that can afford a new iPhone 5.

    They need more variety... different sizes, different models, and different prices. People aren't going to continue to buy new $600 iPhones just to get a new feature that has been included in Android phones for the last 18 months.
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    I never owned Windows smart phone yet, did think about it. But nah Android ones were just like the tablets I started working with in 2010. I had a few since then. I am not saying the Android smart phone is 100% but more like 80 to 90% they still need to work out a few glitches.

    So now it's the future we all have smartphones running Android, Apple or Windows to replace the payphone, land-line phone and the walkies-talkie or CB.

    Just makes life tough now you have to carry the smartphone with you before you leave the house. I am bad I usually leave at home. When I need to use it not with me! LOL
  9. The saddest part of this whole thing, is that if Nokia did not sign a contract with Microsoft to only use the WP OS. Nokia would be making money selling lots of phones like Samsung.

    Too bad for Nokia!
  10. Due to patent ownership, I believe Apple gets a piece of Android sales as well. So it is kinda win win for them.
  11. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 461   +59

    Brainwashing marketing. And charging double what the competition does.

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