ABI Research has revealed their Q1 2014 mobile phone shipment tally broken up by operating system. Android still leads the way with 44% share and 24% growth since last year, plus another 13% from manufacturers participating in the Android Open Source Project. iOS holds onto 10%, which though Apple saw shipments increase by 17%, their market share has dropped by a baseline percentage point since 2013. Windows Phone sits at 3%, which is up 119% from last year. Dumbphones take up the last 30%.
BlackBerry barely registers on the chart, having shipped 550,000 BlackBerry 10 devices and 750,000 legacy BlackBerry OS devices in the last quarter, by ABI's count. ABI posits that the 5% retraction in feature phone owners and the growth in Android suggests that Google's platform is the one users are making the smartphone switch to, but there are still a lot of people that have yet to upgrade.
It will be interesting to see how the tides turn while the rest of the world moves on up to smartphones, and what else manufacturers can do to win them over, other than racing to the bottom with prices. What do you guys think of the trends shown here? Are they representative of what you see on a day-to-day basis?
Source: ABI Research
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