Apple’s iPhone 6/Plus take market share from Android

“Android’s share of the smartphone market has shrunk in the U.S. for the first time since 2013, according to new research, as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus helped Apple’s iOS make market-share gains around the world,” Matt Clinch reports for CNBC.

“The market share of Android — the mobile operating software developed by Google – fell by 2 percentage points, year-on-year, in the U.S. over the three months ending November 2014, according to Kantar Worldpanel on Wednesday,” Clinch reports. “It also slipped by over 3 percentage points across Europe’s five biggest countries, and tanked by 6.7 percentage points in the U.K.”

“Officially released in stores in September, sales of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus across the world topped 10 million in on the first weekend, according to Apple,” Clinch reports. “Customers switching from Android to iOS – Apple’s iOS — remains stable at 18 percent, according to the Kantar, although it was especially pronounced in certain regions.”

“‘Android fatigue is setting in,’ Neil Mawston, mobile analyst at Strategy Analytics, told CNBC via email,” Clinch reports. “Mawston argued in November 2014 that Android’s market share could have peaked, suggesting that some device manufacturers no longer wanted to put all their eggs in one ‘Android basket.’ Instead, some were searching for alternative platforms to work with, such as Microsoft or Firefox, according to Mawston.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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9 Comments

  1. Have been saying this since the 6 and 6+ were released – Android is going to be ceding share on the high end for the foreseeable future. “High-end Android” (oxymoron) manufacturers are completely screwed.

  2. It’s unlikely this market share gain will change Wall Street’s view of Apple at all. Apple would somehow have to gain in the double-digits to make a dent in Android market share enough to satisfy Wall Street and I can’t even be certain that would make a difference. At some point I figured Android would have to lose market share when the market got totally saturated but it’s happening sooner than I expected.

  3. I don’t know what “Android fatigue” means, but when Google’s business model is built around spying on everything a person does, including tapping into the device microphone and sharing this capability/”data” with partners then there is going to be some blowback.

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