Reports like these, we always love to report on. As far as we’re concerned all the other mobile OS’ are crap. But they are necessary. As I’ve said before with OEMs, we need competition. That goes for software and hardware. Without iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry, Android wouldn’t be where it is today. It quite possibly could still look a lot like it did back in the Froyo days. So thank goodness we have competitors.
The latest report coming from Gartner referring to Q2 smartphone shipments shows us that 79% of all smartphones ran Android. Gartner found in this latest IDC report that o the 79% that shipped running Android, that comes out to about 178 million. Now of that 178 million Android phones (this doesn’t include tablets or other Android devices), that 40% of them were Samsung devices. No huge surprise there. With all of Samsung’s marketing for the Galaxy brand, I’d be surprised if less than 30% were Samsung devices.
On the bright side, Apple’s market share shrank year-over-year from 19% in Q2 2012 to just 14% in Q2 2013. Even though their shipments rose from 29 million to 32 million in the same quarters. That just shows how quickly the smartphone market is growing. Also Windows Phone showed some decent momentum. Going from 2.6% in Q2 2012 to 3.3% in Q2 2013. Finally, Blackberry’s market share went down, which was not expected. Going from 5.2% in Q2 2012, to 2.7% in Q2 2013. That’s going from 8 million devices shipped last year to 6.2 million in Q2 2013.
It’s not looking good for Blackberry, or Windows Phone for that matter. But it’s looking great for Android. As Apple has said many times that they are selling a boatload of one particular phone. Instead of seeing hundreds of phones released every year, like Android has. It seems like every week there’s a new phone being announced or becoming available running Android.
How many of you are surprised by these numbers? I’m certainly surprised by Blackberry’s numbers. I expected them to be lower than they are. Especially considering how well the Z10 and Q10 sold. But Blackberry is still pretty popular in some parts of the world. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.