Android has a dominating market share among smartphones sold worldwide but according to the latest reports from Strategy Analytics, it has already hit its peak. The report further goes on to state that Android can’t grow any further.
84 percent of the smartphones shipped in the third quarter of 2014 globally were based on Android. Next comes in iOS with a 12 percent market share. Windows Phone and BlackBerry constitute of 3 percent and 1 percent market share respectively.
Android had 85 percent share in the Q2 2014 and but according to Neil Mawtson, Executive Director of Strategy Analytics, it can’t grow any further. This is because it hit a share of 85 percent due to a decline in iPhone sales. But with the new iPhones already out, it is highly unlikely that iOS would be losing out on share in the near future.
Google need not worry as its Android still has a market share which is 7 times than that of its nearest competitor. Google gained more control over Android in the Q3 3014 as the devices with a forked version of Android (without Google’s services) saw a decline in shipment from 39 percent in Q2 2014 to 37 percent in Q3 2014.
Samsung seems to have been struck the hardest off late. Its market share for Q3 2014 dipped to 25 percent from 35 percent in Q3 2013. This can be attributed to the success of the likes of Xiaomi which sells products almost at its manufacturing cost. This achievement for Xiaomi is remarkable as it operates in only a limited number of countries whereas Samsung has a way bigger global presence.