Android and iOS further solidified their absolute dominance over the mobile operating system market last year by increasing their combined market share to 96.3%. However, while Android grew by an impressive amount, 78.7% to 81.5%, iOS actually shrunk from 15.1% to 14.8%. However, both platforms saw some insane growth in smartphone shipments with more than 192.7 iOS smartphones shipper last year and more than a billion Android smartphones shipped.
Android and iOS increased their combined share of the global mobile OS market in 2014, running on 96.3 percent of all smartphones. That’s up from their 93.8 percent share in 2013, IDC said Tuesday. Android increased its share of the smartphone OS market to 81.5 percent in 2014 from 78.7 percent, while iOS’ share shrunk to 14.8 percent from 15.1 percent. Despite the slip, shipments of iOS devices grew 25.6 percent thanks to the release of the iPhone 6, according to IDC. Apple shipped 192.7 million smartphones in 2014, up from 153.4 million in 2013. With the iPhone 6, Apple responded to the market’s demand for an Apple phone with a larger screen, so IDC questions whether momentum for the company’s smartphones can be maintained. More than 1 billion Android phones shipped last year, topping 2013’s figure of 802 million. Samsung retained its title as the top Android phone manufacturer, shipping more units than the next five vendors combined. However, Samsung’s total volume remained flat for 2014, according to IDC. Most of the platform’s growth came from Huawei, LG, ZTE and Xiamoi.