Research firm IDC is out today with its latest report on the worldwide smartphone market highlighting shipments and marketshare by operating system for last quarter and all of 2013. Together Android and iOS made up around 95.7% of all smartphone shipments in the last quarter of 2013 (up from 91.2% in the year ago quarter), but the real story is how much Android has grown compared to iOS. As of last quarter, Android made up almost 80% of that 95.7% and shipped close to 800 million of the billion smartphones shipped during 2013.
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iOS posted the lowest positive growth for both the quarter (6.7%) and for the year (12.9%), underperforming the overall market in both instances. Although it remains wildly popular in the smartphone market, Apple has been criticized for not offering a new low-cost iPhone nor a large screen iPhone in 2013 to compete with other OEMs. IDC believes the company will release a large-screen version in 2014, but will not altogether abandon the smaller 4″ screen version of previous models.
Compare Apple’s 6% growth and 17.6% percent of the market last quarter to a 40% year-over-year change for Android and 78.1% of the market in Q413 (up from 70% last year). Of course much of that growth, as you can see in IDC’s chart above, comes at the expense of BlackBerry and the “Others” category, while Windows Phone grew to 3.0% of the market up from 2.6% last year.
For the quarter, IDC says Android shipped 226.1 million units and a total of 793.6 million for the year. That compares to 51 million last quarter for Apple and 153.4 million for all of 2013.
IDC’s chart on the worldwide market for all of 2013 is below: