Skip to comments.Report: Android Hits 53 Percent Market Share
Posted on 12/13/2011 10:21:05 AM PST by bigbob
Android and iOS continued to gain market share at the expense of struggling platforms like BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 (WP7), according to a new report from NPD Group.
Androids share of smartphone sales grew to 53 percent of the U.S. smartphone market (53 percent) from January through October 2011, while Apples iOS share grew to 29 percent of the market.
Research In Motions OS share declined to 11 percent. RIM and other companies that were formerly on top of NPDs smartphone rankings, however, have made critical business decisions this past year in a quest to shore up their U.S. smartphone businesses.
Ross Rubin, executive director of connected intelligence for The NPD Group, said the impact of Apple and Google on the smartphone market cannot be underestimated.
The competitive landscape for smartphones, which has been reshaped by Apple and Google, has ultimately forced every major handset provider through a major transition, Rubin said in a statement. For many of them, 2012 will be a critical year in assessing how effective their responses have been.
Motorola is a prime example of the volatility inherent in the smartphone market. Motorola took a 36 percent share of smartphone sales in the fourth of 2006. And yet the companys smartphone market share dropped as low as 1 percent by Q3 2009. However, after adopting Android, Motorolas share of smartphone sales rose to 16 percent of the market in Q4 2010 before settling back down to 12 percent by Q3 2011.
Android has helped Motorola climb back into the smartphone market; now, though, Google will seek to use Motorolas patent pool to help protect other Android licensees, Rubin said.
RIM has also felt the effects of Android and Apples influence over the years. In the second quarter of 2006, RIM comprised half of all smartphone sales. By the third quarter of 2011, the company had fallen to 8 percent. RIM is now is ranked fifth among smartphone OEMs, behind Apple, HTC, Samsung and Motorola. The company is hoping its on the rebound with the impending launch of its QNX-based BlackBerry 10 operating system.
Microsoft too has seen Windows Mobile, which once controlled 50 percent of smartphone sales in 2007, get demolished by the competition. WP7 currently holds just under 2 percent of smartphone sales since the new platform launched in the fourth quarter of 2010.
I work in the tech sector. Many of my colleagues jumped on the iPhone initially because it was so new and different. The vast majority now have gone to Android phones. Most, myself included, don’t like Apple having such a strong hand in content for the iPhone. Open is better.
iPhone: the VisiCalc of telephonic PDAs.
Apple getting booted out of the German is likely to start a downward spiral for them in the rest of Europe over time.
The iPhone and Apple is like the America On-Line of old.
You kind of knew about the level of user by the fact that they were using AOL as an ISP in 2001. AOL is where we sent our parents and computer phobic friends until they could get a grasp of what's out there.
Same for iPhone. I would buy one for my mother, wife or aunt; but that's about it.
LOL! Congratulations, you just made my day. I agree 100%.
Yep - agree and who was one of the first companies to teach us that “open is better”? Apple, with the Apple II.
Nowadays I consider Apple to be as much as “lifestyle provider” as a hardware/software company. I’ll grant that they do both of those things very well, but they are pieces in the over-arching business model whereby Apple runs your life...or nearly so. They’re not alone in having this vision (after all Microsoft helped give us MSNBC), and it’s unquestionably opened up technology for millions of people who like it and are willing to pay for it.
But now I think we’re seeing (in Android) a viable alternative that isn’t as heavy-handed. It seems pretty clear that Microsoft cannot make the transition, and that early innovators like RIM just don’t have a sustainable advanatage any longer. So I think it will end up being Apple for those who want their vision of the lifestyle, and Android for the rest of us.
It's a mess and makes it very hard to shop.