Android Eats Up More Market Share

August 12, 2013

Google’s Android software is taking an even bigger bite out of the smartphone market share in recent months, overtaking rivals such as Apple and Blackberry. 

In the second quarter, Google’s Android software was on nearly 80 percent of devices shipped, according to the research firm IDC. In that same reporting period, Apple’s share of the global market dropped to 13.2 percent. A year earlier, it stood at 16.6 percent. Meanwhile, phones running Android software soared to 79.3 percent, from 69.1 percent a year earlier. Android software is featured on smartphones offered by Samsung and Lenovo, among others. 

BlackBerry’s smartphone market share continues to slip. Smartphones running BlackBerry’s software shrunk to 2.9 percent in the second quarter, compared to 4.9 percent one year earlier. BlackBerry launched a new operating system in January, but the move has done little to elevate its numbers. Blackberry has since been overtaken by Microsoft Corp. in the No. 3 spot as supplier of smartphone software.

Samsung is No. 1 by unit shipments of smartphones, followed by Apple.

Apple’s lack of new handsets in recent months has hampered its demand recently, says Ryan Reith, an IDC analyst. Apple is expected to announce new products in the fall. 

How Smartphones Rank with Real Estate Pros

Ninety-two percent of real estate professionals use a smartphone for their business. According to the 2012 REALTOR® Technology Survey Report, real estate professionals are heavy users of iPhones. In the past two years alone, iPhone usage has doubled, going from 28 percent to 45 percent. Android, meanwhile, has held steady at 37 percent, and BlackBerry has dropped to 5 percent. 

Source: “Google's Android Seizes Smartphone Market,” The Wall Street Journal (Aug. 8, 2013) and REALTOR® Magazine Daily News

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