Smartphone sales begin to dip. Blackberry, Android and Windows Phone all see OS share slide.

Smartphone sales appear to be slowing, and it seems that the biggest smartphone market – China – has hit saturation point. Some 30% of all smartphones sold in the world are sold there, so when something happens in that market it has a profound impact on the figures.

The Gartner figures make grim reading for Blackberry, who’ve seen their worldwide smartphone share drop from 0.7% (2014 Q2) to 0.3% (2015 Q2). Windows Phone market share also dipped – down from 2.8% to 2.5% in Q2 compare to last year. However, despite Android hitting an 82.2% share, that was down too and Android saw its lowest year-over-year growth.

Smartphone sales begin to dip. Blackberry, Android and Windows Phone all see OS share slide.

Apple saw their OS share rise from 12.2% to 14.6%, so if you add things up you can see that 96.8% of smartphones sold are either iPhone or Android powered.

Wowser.

As for manufacturers it’s only really Samsung and Apple at the top of the handset figures. Samsung have a worldwide share of 21.9% (again, down on the Q2 figures for last year – some 26.2%) and Apple have a 14.6% OS share (the same as their handset share).

Meanwhile Huawei has grown their share – from 6.1% in Q2 last year to 7.8% to Q2 this year, followed by Lenovo, Xiaomi and… hey – anyone remember a company called HTC?  :(

Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Vendor in 2Q15 (Thousands of Units)

Company

2Q15

Units

2Q15 Market Share (%)

2Q14

Units

2Q14 Market Share (%)

Samsung

72,072.5

21.9

76,129.2

26.2

Apple

48,085.5

14.6

35,345.3

12.2

Huawei

25,825.8

7.8

17,657.7

6.1

Lenovo*

16,405.9

5.0

19,081.2

6.6

Xiaomi

16,064.9

4.9

12,540.8

4.3

Others

151,221.7

45.9

129,630.2

44.6

Total

329,676.4

100.0

290,384.4

100.0

 

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  • IDC publishes another load of analyst prediction guff

    Here is the smartphone market share according to IDC. Have a look at that purple line. That’s Windows Phone. As you can see, for 3 years, it’s not really moved a great deal.
    IDC publishes another load of analyst prediction guff

    I’m not going to say anything more about that. I wish Windows Phone was more successful. I wish there was a bit more choice at times, but we’ve got what we’ve got.

    What annoys me though, is the constant and regular stream of guff that is spouted in “predictions” by “analysts” from IDC and elsewhere that promise a huge turnaround in Windows Phone fortunes.

    Let’s turn the clock back to 2010 shall we? Back then IDC confidently stated that Microsoft were expected to regain market share, hitting a 9.8% share by 2014.

    IDC publishes another load of analyst prediction guff

    In 2011 they went further, stating that Windows Phone would become the number 2 OS with a 20.3% share that would put Apple in the shade.

    The figures didn’t really back up their previous predictions, so in 2012 they stated that Windows Phone would hit a 19.2% share and beat Apple by 2016 instead.

    IDC publishes another load of analyst prediction guff

    By 2013 it was becoming clear that the bullish predictions were becoming hugely wide of the mark, so expectations were lowered somewhat, saying that perhaps it would hit a 10.2% share by 2017.

    In 2014 the back-pedaling was pretty fierce, with a 6.3% share perhaps achievable by 2018.

    Now here in 2015, according to IDC, Windows Phone actually has a 3.2% market share and they reckon it’ll hit 5.4% by 2019. Although shipments are up, the market share is climbing a lot more slowly and a lot less than expected.

    What we can also see is the fact that “analysts” don’t get things right, and, despite Windows Phone handsets working well, pleasing owners and shipping more (currently 46.8 million), they’re still skidding around in the sand trying to get traction.

    Will the IDC “expectations” for 2019 come true? A 5.4% market share for Windows Phone sounds low, but it would represent 103.5 million shipments, which would be fantastic.

    Based on the track history of these “analyst predictions”, I’m not going to hold my breath.

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  • iPhone captures 42% market share in the United States for May

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    The latest numbers reveal that the iPhone remains the most popular smartphone in the United States, with 41.9% market share for a three-month period ending May 2014. Samsung was the second most popular smartphone maker with a 27.8% share, attributed to its Galaxy-branded devices. LG (6.5%), Motorola (6.3%) and HTC (5.1%) round off the top five.

    While the iPhone was the most popular smartphone, Android held a commanding 52.1% share among mobile platforms. iOS followed not too far behind at 41.9%, while Windows Phone (3.4%), BlackBerry (2.3%) and Symbian (0.1%) all trailed by quite a distance. Android also had 52.1% market share for the three-month period ending February, while iOS gained 0.6 percentage points… ... Read the rest of this post here


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    iPhone now accounts for 36.6 percent of Japanese mobile phone market

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    According to a new report from Bloomberg, the iPhone now accounts for more than one-third of Japan’s mobile phone market. Citing data from MM Research Institute Ltd, the outlet says shipments for Apple’s smartphone jumped to 36.6% in the year-ended March.

    That’s a sizable jump from the previous year, where the iPhone held some 25% of the market, and it’s all thanks to NTT Docomo. Last September, Apple inked a deal with the company—which is the largest carrier in Japan—to finally start officially offering its handset…... Read the rest of this post here


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    The Windows Phone market share roller coaster ride

    Got yourself a Windows Phone? Know anyone with a Windows Phone? Yeah. There’s a problem isn’t there?

    See, low-cost handsets were doing well for Microsoft and Nokia. Those Lumia 520 devices were doing well for a bit, and MicroNokia has since followed up with some Android devices which are even cheaper.

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    However, Microsoft seems skidding in the mud still. Recent figures by Kantar Worldpanel show that the Windows Phone market share in the US was 5.3%. A year ago it was 5.6% and hasn’t really shifted in any positive direction since.

    Here in the UK Windows Phone was doing really quite well and in August last year the market share according to Kantar was 12%, but it’s since slid to 11.3% in January this year and 10.1% in February.

    Meanwhile, Moto have seen their market share leap from nothing to 6% here in the UK. The reason? The ultra-cheap and actually-quite-good Moto G.

    Low-end devices can sell well and will easily push you into the public eye if the phones are good. However, Microsoft now seem to be shifting focus onto their Android-based Nokia X handsets at the low-end while Lumia devices occupy the higher end. It’s continuing struggle for Microsoft.

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    Gartner: Android passes iOS to become the most popular tablet platform

    Several years ago, technology research firm Gartner predicted Apple would maintain its hold on the tablet market until 2015. A new study from the company, however, shows Android taking a decisive lead: in 2013, it boasted 62-percent market share, compared to 36 percent for iOS. Google's mobile operating system climbed to the number one position thanks to more tablet sales overall, though Gartner also credits the proliferation of cheaper, smaller-screen slates (the Nexus 7 no doubt included) with establishing Android's newfound dominance.

    The other winner, according to this study: Samsung, which grew by 336 percent in 2013 to a 19.1-percent share of the tablet market. That's still a much smaller piece of the pie than Apple's 36 percent, but among Android device makers the Korean company is still very much the king. Conversely, Microsoft has seen very modest growth; Windows 8 tablets accounted for just 2.1 percent of the market in 2013. Click through the source link for more stats.

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    Android powers four in every five smartphones thanks to growth in China

    Gartner's third-quarter smartphone research report is out, and on the surface it paints a very flattering portrait for Google. Mirroring Strategy Analytics' report at the end of last month, Gartner also estimates that Android has crossed the symbolic 80 percent mark, reaching 81.9 percent of smartphone shipments in the last quarter, a 9.3 percent rise from last year. In comparison, analysts believe sales of Apple smartphones dropped 2.2 percentage points over the year to hold 12.1 percent of the smartphone market. Microsoft continued to take small steps to boost its market share, with Nokia's strong US sales helping Windows Phone grow to 3.6 percent of the market. Lenovo's impressive run of smartphone sales helped it almost silently climb to number three, leapfrogging LG in the process.

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    iPhone market share is bigger in Japan than it is in the US

    According to market survey, Apple has a slightly bigger market share for iPhone in Japan than it does in the US, as the WSJ reports:

    Even before that, the iPhone was Japan’s best-selling smartphone, with a 37% market share in the six months ended Sept. 30, according to Tokyo’s MM Research Institute. That’s comparable to the iPhone’s 36% share in the U.S. in the third quarter, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

    The market share in Japan is also expected to grow a bit due to the fact that carrier NTT DoCoMo started offering the iPhone for the first time in late September.(...)
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    Windows Phone up, Android up, iOS down in the latest smartphone stats

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    You’ll see this news appearing all over the web today so I’ll try and sum up the figures as briefly as possible. It’s smartphone share day and, by the looks of the IDC figures, Android is still on the rise.

    Android added a 73.5% volume gain and grabbed a 79.3% market share in Q2, but perhaps the big news is that Windows Phone has leapt forward. Shipments had already surpassed BlackBerry in Q1 and this has continued. The OS grabbed the highest year-on-year unit volume increase, with a 77.6% gain from Q2 2012 to Q2 2013. Yes, they’re still small in the big scheme of things (and these figures still include Windows Mobile by the looks of it), but the numbers are encouraging.

    Meanwhile the iOS share of the market is down to 13.2%. I’ll say that again just in case you dropped your coffee – 13.2%. That means, with the 79.3% share owned by Android, that a mere 7.5% is “everything else”, and Windows Phone holds a 3.7% share, which is roughly half the “everything else” category.

    I’ll leave you with one stat from the IDC figures. During the second quarter of 2013 Android was pushed out 187.4 million devices. That, my friends, is more than ALL OF THE SMARTPHONES (iOS, Windows Phone and Android) shipped during Q2 2012.

    More details below or on IDC.com

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    Android’s Jelly Bean contingent finally surpasses Gingerbread

    Android's Jelly Bean contingent finally surpasses Gingerbread

    It's a new era, we tell ya. An era where Google can finally say that its latest build of Android is also the one being used by the greatest majority of Android users. For over a year, Android 4.1+ has been the most up-to-date build of Google's mobile OS, and yet, the greatest majority of those accessing the Play Store were using a build that was bordering on antediluvian. According to the official Developers Dashboard, the percentages have slid to a point where Android Jelly Bean -- which encompasses 4.1.x and 4.2.x -- now represents 37.9 percent of Play Store users. Gingerbread (v2.3.3 through 2.3.7) has fallen to second place with 34.1 percent, while Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3 through 4.0.4) holds down the bronze with 23.3 percent. Hit up the source link to view the full breakdown, and do us a solid -- if you know someone still using Donut, grab 'em a Christmas-in-July present.

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