Android is king when it comes to the smartphone OS market.
Research firm IDC has released its latest quarterly report detailing the smartphone market based on units shipped, and the results indicate that Android-powered devices make up 75 percent of the smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2013.
At its annual I/O conference yesterday, Google announced 900 million Android devices have been activated, almost doubling the 500 million the company announced last year. IDC estimates 162.1 million Android smartphones shipped in Q1.
Not a surprise, Apple easily claimed second place with 17.3 percent of the market, after having its best Q1 ever with IDC estimating 37.4 million iPhones shipped in the quarter. The iOS share likely would have been higher had Apple released a new iPhone in Q1.
Combined, Apple and Android make up a whopping 92.3 percent of the market, with Microsoft and BlackBerry lagging far behind. For the first time, Microsoft overtook BlackBerry in Q1, claiming 3.2 percent of all smartphone shipments, compared to BlackBerry’s 2.9 percent. Bad news for BlackBerry, which just announced a new Q5 handset aimed at emerging markets and a cross-platform BlackBerry Messenger app, to try and hold on to its customers, while maybe even gaining some back. Although, with the Q10 available on Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile beginning in June, it may see better numbers come Q2.
It’s also worth noting that IDC’s numbers are based on units shipped not units sold. Shipped units tend to be a good indicator of actual number of sales, but doesn’t take into account the number of devices currently sitting on the shelves at various retailers.
Source: The Verge