Android vs. iOS 7: Google Dominated Apple in 2013, Almost 80% Smartphones Shipped, Mobile Dominance Expected to Continue in 2014

  • Richard Conte , Design & Trend Contributor
  • Feb, 03, 2014, 04:42 PM
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(Photo : HTC) 79% of smartphones were Android phones continuing the company's mobile dominance.

Almost eight out of 10 smartphones shipped out in 2013 used Google's Android operating system, according to the CBC

The CBC says that technology trends watcher Canalys found that 998 million smartphones were shipped last year which came to 79 percent of those devices using Android's operating system.

Meanwhile Apple's market share dropped from 20 percent in 2012 to 15 percent last year. Despite that fact, Apple's smartphone shipments actually increased in 2013.

Microsoft is still playing catch up but they are making strides. In 2013, Microsoft mobile shipments increased by 90 percent but it only got them a 3 percent share of the market. Canalys did say that Windows Phone had the fastest growth, so that's something to look out for if you're looking for a new smartphone.

There are actually predictions that 2014 will be an even bigger year for phones with Android operating systems.

More than 1 billion people will be purchasing products with Android operating systems in 2014, according to CNET.

The prediction comes from research firm Gartner, predicted on Tuesday. 

The 1.1 billion shipments predicted "would push Android to the top of sellers among PC, tablet, and mobile phone operating systems."

After that, Windows is predicted to come in second place with 359 million shipments, while Apple's iOS and Mac OS is forecasted to do 344 million shipments.

After those three, it's reported that "BlackBerry OS devices will sink from 24 million in 2013 to 15 million" in 2014, Gartner said. On the other side, Chrome OS devices "will surge to 4.7 million," which is up from 1.8 million last year.

The research firm also said that Android is on its way to 2 billion total installed devices. That is thanks to their products being more "budget-firendly" than Apple's products, Gartner said.

"There is no doubt that there is a volume versus value equation, with Android users also purchasing lower-cost devices compared to Apple users," Gartner analyst Annette Zimmerman said in a statement. "Android holds the largest number of installed-base devices, with 1.9 billion in use in 2014, compared with 682 million iOS/Mac OS installed-base devices."

PC World said that even though "Microsoft can't keep up with Apple and the Android camps," the company will have growth in the upcoming year.

This growth though "will come as the decline of the PCs market slows down and more people choose smartphones running Windows," according to Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.

While Microsoft's smartphone operating system wasn't successful as analysts thought it would be, there has been some sign of life. In the first three quarters of 2013, Nokia steadily increased the number of Windows Phones it shipped.

With Microsoft "in the process of closing its acquisition of Nokia's device business," it should be interesting to see if they can keep the success up.

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