Android and iOS Surge to New Smartphone OS Record in Second Quarter

So IDC’s Q2 international smartphone figures are out and the trends are clear:

* Android shipments up 68.1%, building up market share to 46.9%.
* iOS shipments up, but market share down to 16.9%.
* Blackberry and Symbian have less than 10% market share combined.
* Windows Phone has surprisingly increased, but still holds less than 4% of the market.

What does this mean for the next 6 months? If the soon to be released iPhone does not deliver on expectations, or at the very least provide a convincing advantage, it’s likely iPhone market share will suffer some more over the next year. This trend has been continuing for at least the last 12-18 months (on the back of user complaints about small screen size and boring design), which goes well to explain Apple’s patent-heavy litigious approach.

Android and iOS Surge to New Smartphone OS Record in Second Quarter, According to IDC – prUS23638712

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