The fourth quarter of 2013 has been over for sometime now, and we are starting to see analysis of the quarter popping up. According to the numbers, we have good news for Samsung, and mild news for Android. Samsung has gained market shares and Android has lost, but not much. According to the reports from comScore, an American internet analytics company, Android saw a 0.3 percentage point drop in market shares. The exact numbers show that in September of 2013, Android had 51.8% of shares. Then between September and December 2013, Android’s market shares went down to 51.5%. This isn’t terrible news, since Android is still at the top of the charts beating Apple out by just under 10%. Still, that means Apple gained 1.2 percentage points.
The rest of the market shares go to others like Blackberry and Microsoft, who both lost percentages as well. Blackberry lost .4 point and Microsoft with .2 point loss, which gives, surprisingly, BlackBerry the third spot with 3.4% and Microsoft in fourth with 3.1%. Android really has nothing to fear, unless this becomes a trend and continues until the end of fourth quarter over the next two years, that’s the only time Android should be worried. The analytics company also ranked out OEM’s as well, and that’s where good news for Samsung comes in to play.
The US market still belongs to Apple, unfortunately, leading the pack at 41.8% of market shares at the end of December 2013. Apple also posted a gain of 1.2 points but they weren’t the only ones posting a 1.2 point gain. Samsung also gained 1.2 points by the end of December 2013, bringing their final numbers to 26.1% of market shares. Much like the OS numbers, third place is a close call, with Motorola claiming 6.7%, and LG taking 6.6%. However, for those two, the additions and losses are where the attention should be, with Motorola losing .1 points and LG staying even. Coming in at the bottom, you may have guessed, was HTC. Posting the biggest loss of shares, from 7.1% to 5.7%, that’s a 1.4 point loss. However, they at least made fifth place. Whereas other OEM’s bring up the tail end in the US.