Research firm IDC has recorded worldwide smartphone shipments during the first quarter, and it notes the fact that Android and iOS combined accounted for 92.3 percent of all shipments.
In the same time, the research firm suggested the fact that Apple and Android shipments combined increased year over a year with approximately 59.1 percent, with a total of 199.5 million units shipped world wide during the first quarter of 2013.
Despite the fact that Apple has reported an incredible growth with iPhone as being its “largest ever first quarter volume”, the Fruit Company saw a decline among usage of iOS compared to the growth of the industry as a whole. In terms of shipment volumes, Apple announced that last month, it shipped a record of 37.4 million iPhones. However, this fact has allowed Android to maintain a top spot with Samsung and OS.
As the numbers point out, Apple is pretty far behind Android. The Cupertino-based company accounted a 17.3 percent decrease of the market in the first quarter compared to 75 percent for Android. Compared to the last year’s situation, Apple saw a 23 percent decrease in the number of units sold.
However, it is worth mentioning the fact that these numbers take into account only shipments, not sales, and in the same time, it does not represent tablet usage where Apple is still a dominant figure. Taking into consideration the fact that Apple’s iOS is found exclusively on iPhone while Android is available on a multitude of other devices from numerous manufacturers, Apple is holding it well.
Shipments of devices running on Android increased from a 59.1 percent market share in the first quarter of 2012 to 75 percent in the same period this year. According to IDC, the number of Android devices shipped reached 162.1 million units.
In what concerns the other two operating systems, Microsoft was able to surpass BlackBerry during the quarter to take the third place with Windows Phone growing with 133.3 percent year over year. The Windows-powered phones managed to capture 3 percent of shipments compared to BlackBerry’s OS. Shipments for Windows Phone devices grew from 3 million in the first quarter of 2012 to 7 million for the same period of the current year.
In order to demonstrate the accelerated growth of Android, Google announced at its annual I/O Developers Conference on Wednesday that the number of Android devices activated surpasses the 900 million mark. A year ago, Google noted that there had been 400 million activations while the 100 million limit was reached in 2011.