Android Market Share 88% As Of Q3 2016; Apple Sales Decline By 5%
Android market share has always been huge as Google has so many partners around the world and there is a phone for everyone at every price running the Android OS. So it is no surprise that according to Q3 2016 reports Android market share turned out to be 88%. Compare this to Apple and we see the companies decline in global shipments by 5.2%. There could be a number of reasons behind this.
This Android market share is a new record and out of 375 million units sold, 328.6 million devices were android smartphones and hence the huge Android market share. According to Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics:
Global smartphone shipments grew 6 percent annually from 354.2 million units in Q3 2015 to 375.4 million in Q3 2016. This was the smartphone industry’s fastest growth rate for a year. Modest smartphone regrowth is being supported by emerging markets with relatively low smartphone penetration across Asia and Africa Middle East, particularly countries such as India and South Africa.
Apple now has 12% of the market share according to these numbers. 45.5 million iOS devices were sold in Q3 2016.
According to Woody Oh, Director at Strategy Analytics:
Android’s leadership of the global smartphone market looks unassailable at the moment. Its low-cost services and user-friendly software remain attractive to hardware makers, operators, and consumers worldwide. However, several challenges remain for Google. The Android platform is getting overcrowded with hundreds of manufacturers, few Android device vendors make profits, and Google’s new Pixel range is attacking its own hardware partners that made Android popular in the first place.
Android market share has turned out to be incredible and with the launch of the Pixel, Google’s own smartphone things could be headed in the right direction for the company. What do you think about the Android market share and these numbers? Which device did you buy this year?