It looks like we have another study on our hands that tells us the same thing most of the readers here have known for a while…Android rules the world. OK maybe that's a bit of an overstatement, but according to new numbers released by ABI Research, Android is the top mobile operating system around the globe, by a very healthy amount.
The numbers don't lie and according to ABI here are the facts. By the end of 2013 out of an expected total of 1.4 billion smartphones that will be in circulation, 798 million will be running on Android while 294 million will have iOS. Picking up the rear, ABI says, will be Windows Phone at 45 million followed by 20 million Blackberry 10 handsets.
Looking at the numbers by global percentages actually shows Android's share dropping however. In Q3 2012 the preferred OS of this site had a whopping 70% market share and ABI predicts that number will drop to 57%. IOS by comparison should get 21%.
The large decrease in Android share is attributed to a jump in sales for Windows and Blackberry, something they have failed to do in recent years. In a statement by analyst Aapo Markkanen, he explains the analysis: "2013 should be seen as relative success for both Microsoft and BlackBerry. For the end of the year, we expect there to be 45 million Windows Phone handsets in use, with BlackBerry 10 holding an installed base of close to 20 million. Microsoft will also have 5.5 million Windows-powered tablets to show for it."
Tablets though, will be a different story. The study finds that with a growth of 125% bringing the total number in use to 268 million, the iPad series still dominates. ABI predicts that Android will only capture 28% of total tablet share as opposed to Apple's 62%.
I can't say that I'm shocked by these numbers and I doubt that any of you are either. It was just last September when we were told by Google's Eric Schmidt there are a total of 1.3 million Android devices activated every day. Not only does Android have the most partners it's also the most versatile. Specs be damned there is a phone for you whether it's a high end device in the United States or a low end starter phone in a developing nation halfway across the globe.