Yep, Android Still Leading Worldwide

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Google Android continues to dominate the smartphone space, according to new data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

For the first three months of 2014, the research firm found that Android held a comfortable lead in nearly all of its survey countries, including the EU, Australia, China, the United States, and Great Britain. Despite that advantage, however, Apple still managed to make inroads in a number of countries, particularly Japan.

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In the U.S., for example, Android held a 57.6 percent share in March 2014, followed by Apple’s iOS with 35.9 percent and Windows Phone with 5.3 percent. In Japan, iOS actually led with 57.6 percent, ahead of Android with 41.5 percent (and Windows Phone with a barely-there 0.9 percent). In China, Android claimed 80 percent of the market, trailed by iOS with 17.9 percent and Windows with 1 percent.

“Apple regained ground in the first quarter of 2014, primarily due to the strong performance of the iPhone 5S, growing its sales share in Europe, Japan and Australia,” Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, wrote in a statement accompanying the data. “By contrast, Windows had a tough start to the year as a result of its entry-level Nokia models facing fierce competition from low-end Motorola, LG and Samsung Android smartphones.”

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech takes worldwide statistics on phone purchases and usage and combines it with data from interviews it conducts with phone owners around the world, and uses that combined dataset to produce its sweeping conclusions regarding market-share.

Those conclusions are already obvious to anyone who works in mobile development: Android is the 800-pound gorilla in the space, followed (in mind-share if not in actual market dominance) by Apple’s iOS, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone still struggling to make a sizable impact. Developers interested in making a profit will adjust (or maintain) their use of resources accordingly.

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Comments

  1. BY Balachander Agoramurthy says:

    Hi, I did post my comment regarding a similar article earlier. I am visually impaired and have tested all three phones. Android sells only because it is free and has large number of apps; but it is bearly accessible to people who are visually impaired (or with any disability). My director gave me an Android phone and a tab and pitiably, I was not able to even make out if the phone was on or off. Do we need such shitty discriminating OS in the world? I heard from people that Windows phones are not selling that fast because there are not many apps in the store. Unless developers start developing more apps for WP 8.Moreover, Nokia was not interested in smart phone business initially, and MS did not plan for it either. 1, that will hit the Windows market. This is something like the egg vs chicken story. I request you not to spread such shitty statistics EvenJava applications are not that accessible compared to Windows apps. You can tie a thick cloth around your eyes and try using any android phone / tab and feel it yourself. among the developers and prevent them from developing apps for WP 8.X.

  2. BY Balachander Agoramurthy says:

    Hi, I am reposting this comment after removing errors from earlier comment. I did post my comment regarding a similar article earlier. I am visually impaired and have tested all three phones. Android sells only because it is free and has large number of apps; but it is bearly accessible to people who are visually impaired (or with any disability). My director gave me an Android phone and a tab and pitiably, I was not able to even make out if the phone was on or off. You can tie a thick cloth around your eyes and try using any android phone / tab and feel it yourself. EvenJava applications are not that accessible compared to Windows apps. I heard from people that Windows phones are not selling that fast because there are not many apps in the store. Unless developers start developing more apps for WP 8.1, that will hit the Windows market. This is something like the egg vs chicken story. Moreover, Nokia was not interested in smart phone business initially, and MS did not plan for it either. I request you not to spread such shitty statistics among the developers and prevent them from developing apps for WP 8.X. I request the DICE news team (Nick Kolakowski in perticular) not too be biased only towards GOOGLE.

    Bala

    • BY Dan C says:

      It’s hard not to give credit to Android (not google), especially if discussing data from a third party report that indicated Android as the leader.

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