IDC: Apple’s smartphone OS share falls while consumers wait for new iPhones

By , Aug 8, 2013

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The long wait before Apple introduces new iPhone models is causing its iOS smartphone platform to lose marketshare to Android. The iPhone’s iOS slipped to 13.2 percent of the smartphone market, a drop from 16.6 percent during the same period in 2012.

Meanwhile, Android’s lock on the smartphone market grew tighter, nearing 80 percent as Samsung and a bevy of Chinese brands boosted the Google-made software. Despite the small drop, No. 2 iOS is expected to regain its lost turf when Apple unveils new products in September, according to market research firm IDC…

“Without a new product launch since the debut of the iPhone 5 nearly a year ago, Apple’s marketshare was vulnerable to product launches from the competition,” writes IDC research manager Ramon Llamas.

However, not much should be made of the decline, seen as aligned with iPhone launches. As soon as a new iPhone and the new iOS is introduced probably in September, “Apple is well-positioned to re-capture marketshare.”

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Android backers need to thank growth of China-based smartphone makers.

Korea’s LG, along with China’s Huawei, Lenovo and ZTE combined account for more than 62 percent of Android-powered smartphones shipped during the quarter, according to the researcher.

In July, IDC said Apple’s growth would likely improve if it unveils a low-cost iPhone as well as continues work developing prepaid markets.

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  • Gorgonphone

    yup smart folks will wait and folks who dont know wiill accidentally get an android and regret it..

  • Supafly_Boy

    Supafly_Boy • 2 hours ago −
    When will people learn that basing market share perception on guesstimations made by finger in the wind analysts is a fools game. There are so many factors that make me question the accuracy of these numbers.

    1. What method have these analysts used to come up with these wildly differing figures?

    2. If these Android OEMs are doing so well why aren’t they touting their “amazing” sales numbers in their earnings reports? One things for sure, they’re aren’t hiding their numbers out of humility.

    3. Why is Apple the only manufacturer that is confident enough to release their sales figures for the world to see?

    4. If Android is in fact 80% of the world smartphone sales then why isn’t this reflected in web usage stats? I don’t buy the argument that people are so stupid as to buy a smartphone and not use the browser, that argument just doesn’t wash.

    5. Are these analytics firms paid by Samsung, Google and their like to cook the numbers so Android looks like it’s doing better than it actually is? We all know Samsung has previous form when it comes to being economical with the truth.

    Journalists need to stop posting headlines that assume analyst guesses are fact. Fact is their numbers are a guess, and we all know how inaccurate guesses can be.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      1. NSA Perhaps…

      2. Who says they don’t? You’re not expecting to find such non-Apple stuff here on an Apple fanboy site…are you? It’s just a google away whenever you’re ready…

      3. Re-read 2.

      4. Perhaps ’cause Android’s default browser doesn’t allow website tracking, iOS on the other hand allows tracking and there’s no way to change that without jailbreak…

      5. Who knows, Apple could have paid them for situations where they came out on top, just like they paid Obama Administration to veto the ban on their products…

      • LordRassilon OfTime

        Excuse you, last I checked Android was made by Google, and we all know by now that Google loves to regularly collect information from as many people as possible, and you’re trying to say the Android browsers don’t track your usage? Not denying on Apple’s end, they’re all signed up to give away all information as well. Don’t take sides, they’re both guilty of these practices

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Yeah that’s Google’s Adsense network, which usualy isn’t the source of the website usage reports; just some small ad firm…

  • Curtis

    lol it has to be down because people are “waiting”?, how about people saw that ugly new UI and jumped ship.

    • http://www.google.com/ Roshan

      Hahaha… nice analogy.

      When Android share falls… everyone loves iPhone.
      When iPhone share falls… everyone is waiting.

    • n0ahcruz3

      Simple answer really. Iphone 5 sucks.