The funny thing about the quantity vs quality debate, a lesson that Nikita “We will bury you!” Khrushchev and the Soviet Union took to the grave, is that quality embodies an ineffable quantity in and of itself. In the here and now, Android market share has reached dominance level and the iPhone is getting buried.

International Data Corporation smartphone market share estimates show that devices running some version of Android now account for 75 percent of all units sold.

Android has been one of the primary growth engines of the smartphone market since it was launched in 2008. In every year since then, Android has effectively outpaced the market and taken market share from the competition. In addition, the combination of smartphone vendors, mobile operators, and end-users who have embraced Android has driven shipment volumes higher — Ramon Llamas, research manager, Mobile Phones, IDC.

Whereas the smartphone market grew by 46.4 percent overall — the iPhone’s tally rose by more than half — Android unit volume skyrocketed by a staggering 91.5 percent year-over-year.

That said, legacy RIM and Symbian devices will soon be little more than a historical footnote. Further, RIM’s Blackberry 10 platform will likely be dead on arrival in 2013 and the recently launched Windows 8 Phone devices from Nokia, Samsung and others have little chance of meaningful success in the market.

Fundamentally, the future of smartphones running anything other than Android or iOS isn’t bright…

What’s your take?

via The Next Web


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    I’m not overly concerned. There is not one Android whereas there is only one iOS. Given the profit margins Apple enjoys, they should be able to out perform Android in the long run. Most Android phones are sold at a steep discount which attracts customers, will Android be able to continue to attract users, or hold users with discounts? Android makers also compete against each other so they are marketed against on two fronts, iOS and other Android manufacturers.

    Most Android phones are not updated and few fixes are pushed out. The incentive of that is to encourage the purchase of new phones, extending the phone company contract. iOS phones are updated at least once a year and there is no waiting for the manufacturer or phone company to reskin the update.

    I’ve owned both and prefer my iPhone. I have a two year contract and when it ends, I will still have a phone running the latest and greatest OS. I will still be getting bug fixes and will still have a great phone. We will see what the iPhone 6 or 7 offers. It will have to be something to get me to buy a iPhone 6 outright, but you never know with Apple.

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