Android sales dropping, iOS going strong
to a set of freshly crunched sales figures, the US smartphone market is cooling down.
Research outfit Strategy Analytics
claims overall smartphone shipments in Q2 dropped by 5 percent to 23.8 million units, down from 25.2 million last year.
Interestingly, the drop is attributed to Android and Blackberry devices, while iOS is still going strong. US consumers picked up 13.4 million Android handsets in Q2, down from 15.2 million in the same quarter last year. Blackberry phones accounted for 1.6 million units, down from 2.7 million. However, Apple bucked the trend, shipping 7.9 million iPhones, up from 5.9 million last year.
Android still commands a 56 percent share in the market, but last year its share was 60.6 percent. Apple’s share jumped from 23.2 percent to 33.2 percent.
Researchers attribute the weak quarter to a number of factors, including economic uncertainty, changes in carrier upgrade policy and maturing smartphone penetration, which is Beancounter for “everyone has one already.”