The latest report by IDC shares stats on the worldwide smartphone market shipments in the fourth quarter and the calendar year for 2014. The report reveals that 81.5 percent smartphones that were shipped in 2014 ran on Android OS, while Apple’s iPhones followed behind making up 4.8 percent of total smartphone shipments.
The total market share of both Android and iOS was a whopping 96.3 percent, indicating how little market share the likes of Windows Phone, and BlackBerry among others hold. These platforms are losing momentum, and BlackBerry is nearly disappearing with just 0.4 percent of market share.
In 2014, 1,059.3 million Android smartphones were sold, out of which Samsung had the most market share. No numbers were provided but the report states that Samsung retained the leadership position by a wide margin. At the same time, the report also stresses that Samsung’s total volumes for the year remained flat while Asian vendors like Huawei, Lenovo (including Motorola), LG, Xiaomi, and ZTE fuelled the most growth for Google’s platform.
Even though Android rules the smartphone market, the latest Dashboard stats indicate that only 1.6 percent of users have the latest Android Lollipop, even after it’s been almost five months since release. With 44.5 percent share, Jelly Bean is the most widely used Android version, followed by KitKat which has captured 39.7 percent of the install base.
These stats indicate that Android’s dominance can be attributed to affordable smartphones that retail in huge markets like India. Indian market is filled with cheap smartphones from local players like Karbonn, Xolo and Micromax that run on old Android software. Even Xiaomi, one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world uses Jelly Bean on the Redmi Note 4G and KitKat for its Mi 4 over its MIUI interface.
In comparison, Apple sold 192 million smartphones in 2014. Despite Apple’s late surge on its newly released iPhones, the Cupertino-based company saw its market share for the year drop slightly to 14.8 percent.
In the fourth quarter of 2014, Android dominated 76.6 percent of smartphone sales, while iOS dominated 19.7 percent of the market share. Windows Phone, BlackBerry and other operating systems contributed to only 3.7 percent of all smartphone shipments.