Android OS strengthened its leadership in the global smartphone market. In nine countries – the U.S., the UK, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, China and Australia – running Google’s mobile platform employed an average of 64.2% of smartphones sold. This is stated in the report of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the I quarter of 2013.
Kantar data are based on 240 surveys thousands of customers in the U.S. and about 1 million in Europe, which are held annually. The company’s analysts believe that, thanks to the flagship, novelties, such as the Galaxy S IV from Samsung and HTC One, Android’s share in the future will only grow.
only country where sales exceeded the iOS-devices Android, was Japan ( 49.2% vs. 45.8%). In all other markets, Android remained the leader. In the U.S., the proportion of “iPhones” declined by about 1% (up 43.7%), while Android increased to 49.3%. Symbian is almost completely disappeared from the market: it accounted for only 0.2% of sales. The new “Operating System” BB10 for BlackBerry-smartphone, which was announced in January when managed to gain only 0.2 percentage points (0.9%). Sales of Windows-smartphones grew by 1.9% – to 5,6%.
According to polls, the best selling model in the I quarter turned iPhone (15%). Followed by Galaxy S III (11,4%) and another product Apple – iPhone 4S (7,5%). Fourth place at the Galaxy S III Mini (5,7%), the fifth – the Galaxy Ace (5,4%).
strategy of Samsung to release new smart phones more and different price range was winning, although affected margin of the company, said Kantar. Each model Samsung turned to its type of consumer: “Galaxy Note II is popular with men aged 25-34 years, Galaxy S III Mini – the girls, Galaxy Ace – in adult women, and the Galaxy S III is more universal”, – the report .