Mobile software development 2013: Can Android be stopped?

Sergei Terekhov

Written by Sergei Terekhov | Thursday, 13 March 2014

To put it short and simple - Google’s Android is BIG! And growing. The share of Android mobile platforms on the global smartphone market has almost doubled in the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period last year, amounting to about 70%. 

Android has been among the major growth factors of the smartphone market since 2008. In 2012, about a third of all devices on the smartphone market - 56.3 million -were produced by Samsung. 

Companies dealing with Android-based smartphones, the largest being Samsung and HTC, have produced a total of 136 million devices over the third quarter of 2012, which represents 75% of all smartphones sold during this period. By comparison, only 71 million units of Android-based smartphones were produced in July-September 2011. 

The second leading platform, Apple iOS, covers 15% of the smartphone market. The company managed to increase its production by more than 57% to 26.9 million iPhone smartphones over the third quarter of 2012. 

The significant difference in indicators between Android and iOS is largely due to the fact that iOS mobile platforms are designed and exclusively used by Apple. 

The market share of the Research in Motion BlackBerry OS only reached 4.3%. Production continues to decrease - only 7.7 million units were produced in the third quarter of 2012, which is 35% lower than last year. 

Symbian saw its market share fall by 77% over the same period, due the fact that Nokia signed an agreement with Microsoft last year, granting priority to the Windows Phone platform. 

The total market share of Windows Phone and Windows Mobile over this period was only 2%. However, the situation may change in the fourth quarter after the release of Windows Phone 8. 

In total, 181.1 million smartphones were produced over the third quarter of 2012, which is 46.4% more than the previous year. The overall production of mobile phones, including budget models, amounted to 444.5 million units over the same period, which is 2.4% more than the previous year.The rapid capture of a market Android platform can not, but affect on trends and priorities in mobile application development area.


Many would argue that Android cannot be stopped, but only time will tell whether this is true or not

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