Android smartphones continue to reign as iPhone, BlackBerry plunge
On Wednesday, the International Data Corporation said the market share for Android smartphones is on the rise. Conversely, Apple and BlackBerry's shares dropped in the second quarter.
The share of Android devices in the smartphone market grew to 79.3% during the second quarter. Apple's iPhone share slipped to 13.2% from 2012's 16.6%. IDC added that 187 million Android phones were sold in contrast with Apple's iPhone shipments of only 31.2 million.
"The iOS decline in the second quarter aligns with the cyclicality of iPhone," Ramon Llamas, IDC's mobile phone research team manager, said. "Without a new product launch since the debut of the iPhone 5 nearly a year ago, Apple's market share was vulnerable to product launches from the competition."
Microsoft's Windows smartphones showed the highest increase, with a 3.7% rise of the smartphone market in a 77.6% increase that allowed it to get the third-place position. On the other hand, BlackBerry saw its worldwide smartphone market share shrink to 2.9% from last year's 4.9%. According to IDC, around 236.4 million smartphones were sold, a 51.3% increase from the 156.2 million smartphones shipped last year.