Time for some top-end number crunching now as we take in the latest release from the detail-anal analysts over at global tech research agency, Garnter, feed the figures through the LOA Qualcomm processor powered quantum-computer and then have the resulting report explained to us slowly and painstakingly by a man with the patience of several saints. And the outcome is that, according to the analytical experts, Android is awesome. End of.
Actually, there was a bit more to it than that and seeing as I’m paid by the word I think a bit more of an explanation is called for…
Releasing its figure round-up for the first quarter of 2013, Garnter has found that the Google OS is now the clear favourite for smartphone shoppers across the globe, with shipments skirting 426 million and total sales totting up to 210 million units during the period – an increase of 42.9% on Q1 of last year, taking Google’s total global OS share to 74.4% and leaving Apple’s iOS in second place having dropped down to 18.2%, BlackBerry in at third with just 3%, Microsoft winning the novelty teapot for coming in fourth with 2.9%, and the ‘others’ almost failing to make an individual mark.
“There are two clear leaders in the OS market and Android’s dominance in the OS market is unshakable,” commented Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “With new OSs coming to market such as Tizen, Firefox and Jolla we expect some market share to be eroded, but not enough to question Android’s volume leadership.”
As you might expect, leading the charge and ensuring Android shot straight to the top of the smartphone tree is Samsung, whose market-share increased to 30.8%, up some 13% since the start of the year and accounting for sales of an incredible 64.7 million units.
All of which is excellent news for nearly-everyone’s favourite OS, and with the Sammy Tab 3 due out in June, the HTC One and Sony’s duo of L and SP only recently available, the figures for Q2 should make even more interesting reading.