We now have a look at ABI Research’s report on the smartphone market in the final quarter of 2013. According to their data, total shipments grew 38% Year-on-Year and 25% sequentially to 287.8 million units. As you might have guessed, iOS was the big winner in the three month time period, as it increased its sales over Q3 of 2013 by 51% for 18% of the market.
Android shipments grew just 20% sequentially, which caused its market share to drop to 77% from 80% in Q3. Growth here was mostly driven by what the company calls AOSP devices: Devices that used a modified version of the Google platform and don’t have access to the Google services.
Windows Phone only managed to squeeze 19% of extra sales in the quarter including the holiday season. Despite several price drops BlackBerry 10 did not improve its position as sales continued to dip, however the old BlackBerry handsets saw an increase in sales. That shows you very clearly what the consumer wants. If we compare the current numbers to those for the same period of 2012, it tells a slightly different story however. The real news here is that Windows Phone is the quickest gainer, having more than doubled its sales, while Android gained 51%. iOS added just 7% to its sales, and BlackBerry saw its shipments fall to half of what they were. And that is the current state of things.
Source GSM Arena