Android phone shipments fell for the first time during 2014 holiday quarter

ABI Research reports that certified Android smartphone shipments fell quarter-on-quarter for the first time in 4Q 2014. In what is traditionally a shipment spike quarter, certified Android shipments fell from 217 million in 3Q 2014 to 206 million in 4Q 2014, mainly due to Apple iOS’ 90% growth from 39.3 million to 74.5 million iPhones shipped, but also due to forked Android.

“Google’s Android is being attacked by Apple’s iOS at the high end and forked Android (AOSP) at the low end in high growth emerging markets. The Android One initiative has slowed forked Android growth, but Apple’s success has taken the high end of the market away from certified Android’s premium tier vendors,” said Nick Spencer, Senior Practice Director, Mobile Devices, ABI Research, in a statement.

“4Q 2014 has been a seismic quarter in the smartphone industry and many premium tier Android vendors may once again review their operating system and therefore content and service strategies in light of Apple and forked Android vendor Xiaomi’s success. Worrying times for Google’s mobile services and Android, but it presents opportunity for other service providers and even operating systems,” added Spencer.

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Smartphones and Handsets Market Research.

Source: ABI Research

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  1. There is so much crap out there running android. It had to peak and subside at some point. A ton of throwaway devices and I mean literally throw away cause there will never be an update to them and many of them barely have the balls under the hood to run android decently.

    Seriously there are maybe 2 or 3 devices that decently compete against apple ans the rest is a shit show of epic proportions.

  2. I love the phrase in the article “certified android shipments.”
    That’s like them saying- seriously- these might be totally fabricated but someone has certified them as true.

    Tommy boy: “The customers want certified? I can take a crap in a box and stamp it certified, I’ve got time.”

  3. Wonder when the analysts will start writing stories
    about the collapse of Android and Google throttling back
    on development. Oh the Joy to see a grimm faced Google spokesman make the announcement.

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