Feb 2 2014, 11:19am CST | by Ahmed Humayun
The smartphone market has been analyzed by the ABI Research and they have already presented their report on this market segment’s final quarter of 2013. A significant increase was seen in the shipments and during the final quarter of three months, it was iOS which was not so surprisingly taking the lead. It effortlessly took over 18% of the total market and had its sales increased by 51% by this quarter. Android on the other hand saw a drop in its market share which fell from a whopping 80 to merely 77%. According to the report, growth was in favor of those devices which had made use of the modified version of the Google platform but didn’t make use of the Google services. Somewhat similar situation was faced by Windows phones as well.
Even after combining the transactions during the holiday season, the Windows Phone only had 19% of the extra sales. On the other side we have the Blackberry which has showed quite intriguing results; while the sales continued to drop for the Blackberry 10 despite its price cuts, the older models of Blackberry saw a considerable increase in their sales figure. This quarter of 2013 was surely quite unexpected as it varied a lot from the results which analysts got during the same time in 2012. Back then, Windows Phone had seen a lot of increase in sales which nearly doubled and instead of iOS Android was the one with the 51% share in market. iOS only remained on thin ice and Blackberry wasn’t in a favorable position either.
Ahmed Humayun is a technology journalist bringing you the hottest tech stories of the day.
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