Google Android Phones overshadows Apple et al with hefty market share in smartphone segment

Android phones is currently leading the pack in the smartphone niche and it is many miles away from its second-running pursuer as it took the lion’s share of the 1.3 billion sold smartphones worldwide.

IDC data would reveal that more than one billion Android handsets were sold while Apple checked in at distant second at 192 million. Microsoft Windows phone vanished in thin air and Blackberry’s presence is hardly felt.

According to the shown data, Windows Phones skidded to a market share of 2.7% in 2014 which pales in comparison with the 3.3% it registered in 2013. Blackberry settled for the crumbs as it only managed to come up with just 0.4% market share in 2014 down from its 1.9% market share in 2013.

Google Android has displayed its full might as it cornered 81.5% of the market share and Apple and its iOS took the second spot with 14.76% market share.

The market tracker disclosed that Android and Apple combined for a market share of a staggering 96% while Windows Phone had lost its grip and Blackberry is almost nowhere to be found.

Although Apple’s performance suffered a decline for the year. However, the slip was cushioned by the strong showing of its iPhones in the last quarter of 2014 as it collared 19.7% market share.

IDC analyst Melissa Chau quipped, “Instead of a battle for the third ecosystem after Android and iOS, 2014 instead yielded skirmishes, with Windows Phone edging out BlackBerry, Firefox, Sailfish and the rest, but without any of these platforms making the kind of gains needed to challenge the top two.”

Chau added that it is not the vendors aren’t making moves especially in the low-end segment which is tipped to be promising. Microsoft is set to introduce its affordable Lumia handset and Tizen has already been rolled out in the lucrative Indian market, there is still the desire for the rest of the field to wield the upset axe on the dominant Android.

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