If you know anything about the smartphone market, then you know that Android is the most popular ecosystem in the world. It is the widely used mobile operating system thanks to its open source nature.
According to the IDC, Android’s market share currently stands at 85%. This is a 5.2% growth year-on-year.
“It is no secret that Google’s Android OS has been and will remain the majority share platform in smartphones for the foreseeable future. It will also be at the core of the aforementioned 4G growth expected in emerging markets as low-cost Android players are not using newer, faster low-cost chips,” said the report by the IDC.
On the other hand, iOS has a 14.3% market share, 11% drop compared to the shipments the OS got last year. “All signs point to 2016 being the first full year of declining shipments for Apple’s iPhone. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have done well, but three quarters of year-over-year declines, as well as a projected fourth quarter decline by IDC, will account for negative growth. By no means is this doomsday for Apple in this category and 2017 marks the tenth year of iPhone, so it is hard to believe Apple doesn’t have something big up its sleeve,” the report by the IDC revealed.
The IDC predicts that Android and iOS will have over 99% market share by the end of the year. Windows Phone on the other hand will have a share of 0.4% while others will have a 0.3% market share. By 2020, Android and iOS will have nearly 100% market share.
The IDC concluded by saying that shipment of 4G smartphones is set to hit the 1 billion mark by the end of the year.