So, yes we are an Android site, so of course we are not Apple fans, but this is still surprising. Back in May, Android was getting a faster adoption rate than their rival the iPhone which was 4 times, now it’s November and that has increased to 6 times the rate of the iPhone. Okay maybe it’s not that surprising, since Android does put out an entirely newly designed Nexus phone every year.
On Monday, Mary Meeker spoke at Bloomberg’s San Francisco headquarters about the matter. She said shipments of Internet-enabled devices running Android surpassed shipments of devices powered by Microsoft’s Windows for the first time in history, in Q1 2012. There were roughly 90 million Android units shipped during the first three months of 2012, compared to just 82 million Windows PCs. Meeker also believes by the end of 2013 Android devices will ship at over 160 million per quarter. Following would by Windows at 100 million and iOS at just 80 million. And there are about 1 billion smartphone users worldwide, compared to 5 billion feature phone users. But that number will change very soon.
As reported before, three out of every four smartphones shipped in the third quarter were powered by Android. Giving Android a 75% market share, beating Apple by nearly 50%. This spells some real trouble for Apple. And as much as we make fun of Apple and dislike them, it would be bad for Android as a whole if we lost Apple and the iPhone as competitors, since they are the only ones left. Android and it’s manufacturers won’t innovate as much as they should. Although Apple has quit innovating already.