Report: Android and Samsung are Killing the Smartphone Market
The next generation of Apple’s iPhone has some serious competition from the Android platform, reports the Associated Press. Today, the research firm IDC released figures from its second quarter analysis of the smartphone market.
The results showed Google’s mobile operating system coming in on top. The figures also reveal that the Android handset makers shipped a total of 105 million units, giving Android 68% market share and a 21% increase over last year.
However, Apple decreased from 19% to 17%.
IDC attributes Android’s success in large part to Samsung’s best-selling line of Galaxy smartphones.
Apple comes in second to Samsung, who is the top smartphone company in the world.
IDC estimated that Samsung has moved 50.2 million handsets, while Apple sold 26 million.
Although Apple is selling less, it’s making more money from each sale of handsets than Google makes because Apple owns the hardware and software.
Windows Phone OS increased from 2.3% of the smartphone market to 3.5%.