The worldwide mobile market shipped an amazing 467 million new phones in the third quarter of 2013. Mobile researchers IDC said figures show the overall market grew 39.9% to 261.1 million units, up from 186.7 million a year ago.
The clear market leader was Google Android, shipping upward of 210 million devices, more than the total number of smartphones sold for all platforms combined quarter on quarter.
The platform now claims an amazing 81% of the worldwide smartphone market, but wait there’s more ::::
Android smartphone sales are up 51.3 percent by volume from 139.9 million units and 74.9 percent market share a year ago. The second placed platform is Apple iOS, used on Apple’s iPhone series of smartphones, which saw its market share shrink from 14.4 percent to just 12.9 percent, even as its volumes increased to 33.8 million from 26.9 million a year ago.
Far more worrying for Apple, however, is that its growth has fallen to 25.6 percent, well below the industry average of 39.9 percent, meaning its position in the market is eroding rapidly.
The big winner in the latest figures is Microsoft’s Windows Phone, which recorded an extraordinary growth rate of 156 percent, albeit off a very small base.
Microsoft managed to capture 3.6 percent of the global market with 9.5 million units, which is significantly higher than its 2% marketshare and 3.7 million unit shipments a year earlier.
“Android and Windows Phone continued to make significant strides in the third quarter. Despite their differences in market share, they both have one important factor behind their success: price,” IDC mobile phone research manager Ramon Llamas said.
Aside from price, IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker program director notes the rise of phablet devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and recently released Nokia devices, represent a growing slice of the market.
“Almost all successful Android vendors have added one or more 5-7-inch phablets to their product portfolios,” Mr Llamas said. Nokia’s recent announcement of the Lumia 1320 and 1520 put them in the category as well.
“In 3Q13, phablet shipments accounted for 21 percent of the smartphone market, up from just 3 percent a year ago,” Mr Llamas said. “We believe the absence of a large-screen device may have contributed to Apple’s inability to grow share in the third quarter.”
The figures also confirm the continuing decline of Blackberry, which saw its shipments drop by 41.6 percent from 7.7 million to 4.5 million, with its market share dropping from a respectable 4.1 percent to just 1.7 percent.
Android Mobile Devices Now Rule The Entire Galaxy
The incredible growth in popularity isn’t confined to phones, it sounds odd when you say it but, since the launch of Apple’s original iPad in 2010 – sounds like yesterday seems like a hundred years ago – tablet sales have ceased being a niche filling gimmick and now represent serious hardware, with sales expected to top 185 million for 2013.
Worldwide tablet shipments have hit their stride, growing to 47.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013 – 3Q13 – according to preliminary data from the International Data Corporation’s – IDC – Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.
Three years is a long time in technology, and the rise and rise of the tablet is a testament to it’s versatility and consumer appeal. There are some analysts who believe that over the next two to three years, tablet sales will overtake PC sales.
Android products once again drove sales growth, while iOS stalled and Windows continued to struggle to win over customers.
With no new iPad product launches in the second or third quarter to drive volume, Apple experienced a quarter-over-quarter decline in shipments from 14.6 million in 2Q13 to 14.1 million in 3Q13. Year over year, iPad shipments grew less than one percent. Apple’s slowing growth—caused in part by its decision in late 2012 to move its product launches from earlier in the year to the fourth quarter—has caused the company’s tablet market share to slip to 29.6%, its lowest share to date. However, with the new iPad Air shipping November 1st and the refreshed iPad mini with Retina scheduled to roll out later in November, IDC expects Apple to enjoy robust shipment growth during the fourth quarter.
“With two 7.9-inch models starting at $299 and $399, and two 9.7-inch models starting at $399 and $499, Apple is taking steps to appeal to multiple segments,” said Jitesh Ubrani, Research Analyst with IDC’s Tablet Tracker. “While some undoubtedly hoped for more aggressive pricing from Apple, the current prices clearly reflect Apple’s ongoing strategy to maintain its premium status. It’s worth noting that Apple wasn’t the only one to increase the price of its small-sized tablet during this product cycle: Both Google and Amazon increased the price of their newest 7-inch tablets from $199 to $229 to cover the higher costs associated with high resolution screens and better processors.”
Samsung once again secured the second position with shipments of about 9.7 million units. The company, which owes a measure of its tablet success to its ability to bundle them with other successful Samsung products, such as smartphones and televisions, grabbed 20.4 percent of the worldwide market. ASUS, which makes the Nexus 7 for Google, shipped about 3.5 million total units during the quarter for a third place finish and 7.4 percent market share. PC powerhouse Lenovo moved into the number four tablet spot with shipments of 2.3 million units and a 4.8 percent share. Finally, Acer rounded out the top five with 1.2 million units shipped and a 2.5 percent share. Notably, vendors from outside the top five were responsible for over one third of the shipments in 3Q13. IDC tracks dozens of tablet vendors, and this quarter “Others” represents a combination of major vendors (such as Amazon, Microsoft, HP, and Dell) and lesser-known, so-called white box vendors that typically sell ultra-low cost Android devices at often unsustainably low margins.
“White box tablet shipments continue to constitute a fairly large percentage of the Android devices shipped into the market,” said Tom Mainelli, Research Director, Tablets at IDC. “These low cost Android-based products make tablets available to a wider market of consumers, which is good. However, many use cheap parts and non Google-approved versions of Android that can result in an unsatisfactory customer experience, limited usage, and very little engagement with the ecosystem. Android’s growth in tablets has been stunning to watch, but shipments alone won’t guarantee long-term success. For that you need a sustainable hardware business model, a healthy ecosystem for developers, and happy end users.”
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