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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Feature phone upgraders appear to be choosing Android

The latest mobile industry analysis from ​ABI Research show that that Android is still dominating quarterly shipment figures. Its report for Q1 2014 shows Android (including the Android Open Source Project) accounting for 80% of all smartphone shipments.

Of almost 300 million smartphones shipped worldwide in Q1, 187 million were Android-branded (up 24% year-on-year) and a further 53.7 million used the AOSP.

Apple iOS grew by 17% year-on-year to 43.7 million devices, while Windows Phone grew 119% to over 13 million.

Nick Spencer, senior practice director for mobile devices at ABI Research, said “Interestingly, basic mobile phones lost 5% market share and Android picked up almost all of these users, suggesting Android is set to gain almost all of the billions of mobile subscribers still upgrading to smartphones. Certainly, Android looks set to completely dominate the high growth developing markets and increase its market share still further. Microsoft Windows Phone is currently the only viable third ecosystem. BlackBerry has faded on all fronts (BlackBerry 10 and OS) and while Firefox remains a potential low-cost challenger, it has yet to make any significant impact.”

Quarterly shipments of smartphones and ‘basic’ feature phones

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