International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced today its first quarter report of smartphone shipments. Android is ranked one for Q1, 2013 with iOS on the second position. Both together hold a major share of 92.3% of all smartphones shipped during first quarter. While Windows phone beat BlackBerry to hold the third position.
Android is not stopping to amaze the world every year and iOS is following it. According to IDC (International Data Corporation) Android and iOS are both accounting 92.3% market share in smartphone operating system. IDC reported that in first quarter Apple Inc. and Android based manufacturers delivered 199.5 million phones.
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Research Manager at IDC, Ramon Llamas, said that although both OS leaders are enjoying the domination but close observation prove that people are in search of alternatives. Nokia who partnered with Windows 8 enjoyed a rise in sales and shipped million extra units. Fourth position holder BB10 is enjoying a demand in Europe and USA with new models as Z10, Q10 and low cost Q5 also.
IDC reports show that Windows 8 OS has taken the lead from BlackBerry 10 latest version by 0.3%. W8 grabs 3.2% market share while BB10 has only 2.9%. Linux is trying to come up the new market with 1% share while Symbian stands at 0.6% and is continuously declining.
Google started Android project with an idea to made code public and accessible for everyone. It has grown from a seed of an idea to such a deep earthed plant that now alone shares more than 75% among 1Q13 sales. It has promised more than an OS to a better friendly platform which fulfills all your requirements of music, app, game, TV, internet and reading. Based on the latest IDC statistics, it is the largest Smartphone and Tablet PC OS.
Steve Jobs has died but the brands that he made and established still rule the market. Apple’s iPhone, iPad are powered by Apple iOS which is developed from company itself. It is not open source. It is much like Android experience and offered all features under one brand. Although the products are very expensive but still is the 2nd largest OS in smartphone industry.
Microsoft has been competing since long in mobile market with Windows OS. Windows CE and many other versions were introduced with HTC and O2 models but failed to grab the market. Now Nokia is the leading OEM manufacturer based on Microsoft Windows 8 OS and taking cover of feature rich platform after pulling itself out of Symbian world. BlackBerry Company (now RIM) has recently launched its BB 10 version with multi-touch functions to tap the lost smartphone market.