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Android, iOS Power Over 92% Of All Smartphones Shipped In Q1 2013; ..... IDC ^ | May 17 2013 4:29 AM | Kukil Bora

Posted on 05/18/2013 10:19:43 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

There is little doubt that the smartphone world is dominated by two operating systems — Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.

The latest market data released by the International Data Corporation (IDC), which showed that both these platforms accounted for 92.3 percent of all smartphone OS shipments during the first quarter of 2013, proves this dominance in numbers.

IDC says Android smartphone vendors and Apple shipped a total of 199.5 million devices worldwide during Q1 2013, which was up 59.1 percent from the 125.4 million units shipped during the same quarter in 2012.

Android remained the market leader with a 75 percent share of the market. The OS powered 162.1 million smartphones, 41.1 percent of which were manufactured by Samsung alone, thus making the Korean giant the clear leader among all Android smartphone vendors.

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Android, iOS Power Over 92% Of All Smartphones Shipped In Q1 2013; Windows Phone Surpasses BlackBerry OS For Third Place: IDC

1 posted on 05/18/2013 10:19:43 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I have to say, my favorite out of the new batch is the newest incarnation of the HTC One. Not only a very solid phone, but includes enough features to finally enhance Android, rather than hinder it like so many Samsung devices seem to do.

I'll be interested to see what Google pulls out of the closet. But absent something incredible, I'll likely plop down the money for an upgrade to my existing HTC One S.

2 posted on 05/18/2013 10:40:39 AM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’m becoming anti-smart phone, and these things pay my bills (I am a Android systems engineer for a semiconductor company). I see the source code to the OS, and that doesn’t bother me, it’s all the secret sauce that gets included that I can’t see source too.

But we know Apple is just as bad, if not worse, secret sauce is intrinsic to their operating system as well. It works good, I love using my ipod touch, but I also have the feeling of just like using a android device, I am carrying around Google and Apple in my pockets, letting them into the corners of my life where nothing else goes.

I yearn for the days of two way text paging, where there is no outgoing data stream from my communications device, unless I direct it to do so. Two way pagers could survive with only one way data flow, because that was the paging standard!

I used to think pervasive computing was a good thing, but there is too much secret sauce running around out there on the devices for me to be comfortable. I sometimes wonder about the people who don’t know anything about the computing devices they are carrying and their capabilities, how do they do that?

Maybe I am just paranoid.

But I am not the only one like this. I was once speaking with a co-worker recently, and his theory is that Google’s stock is so high for one simple thing: they currently technically “do no evil” (us conservatives would argue that point), but what if they decided to rule the planet based on the personal data they have? Well, that stock price may be high for a reason :)

Finally, due to the Canadian sourcing of Blackberry OS and it’s enterprise computing platform that backs the BBOS being in Canada, I actually trust BBOS more than any of the other operating systems. Blackberry has built its business on keeping secrets and it definitely rubs the other companies the wrong way when they think about that, and it gets BBOS some odd loyal customers as well.

Waiting for the Q10 here...

3 posted on 05/18/2013 11:19:59 AM PDT by Aqua225 (Realist)
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