Research firm Strategy Analytics has just reported that in the year 2014, over 1 billion Android smartphones were shipped worldwide! More specifically, about 1.3 billion smartphones were shipped and this marks a 30% increase in the number of shipments as compared to 2013’s figure, according to Linda Sui, Director of Strategy Analysis. Sui also added that the driver of the growth is the emerging markets like China and Indonesia, and she expects it to continue growing in these region.
Android became the first ever smartphone operating system to ship more than a billion units in a year. As according to Strategy Analytics, Android accounted for 81% of market share of smartphones that are shipped worldwide! Apple’s iOS, on the other hand, shipped about 192.7 million smartphones, capturing only 15%. However, it remains to be the only serious competitor for Android for now.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone took only 3% of the market share, whilst other systems like Blackberry grabbed only 0.7% in 2014. Microsoft’s Windows platform has always been dominant in PCs, but the results of their Windows Phone shows that they are struggling in the smartphone industry. This is evident as they still do not have multiple major hardware partners to build their phones. Their lack of presence in important countries such as China could be another factor for the poor performance.
For more details on the report, head over to Strategy Analysis’ full report here.