Much has been made of Android’s surge to the top of the smartphone food chain, gobbling up the market share with its vast array of handsets aimed at catering for all needs and budgets. While no one can argue with the figures (at one point Android were selling phones such as the Samsung Galaxy SIII at the rate of a million a day) Apple fans will point to the fact the overall picture is slight skewed due to there being only one carrier of the iPhone in the US, AT&T.
This school of thought emerged back in 2010 when Android began its march to the top of the table. Since that point, various different reports and surveys have been published and commissioned which all seem to contradict one another and fail to provide any definitive answers. Although the overriding statistic which trumps all others is that yes, Android does have the lion’s share in the smartphone market.
The current thinking is: Android controls 51 per cent of the market while Apple is the number two player with 30.7 per cent of the market according to comScore. These figures are jiggled about depending on who you’d like to believe, however.
But let’s get right up to date: In the last quarter, the iPhone represented for 78 per cent of all smartphones sold through AT&T. On Verizon, the iPhone made up 51 per cent of all smartphones sold. Sprint didn’t report their total smartphone sales numbers, only iPhone sales numbers, but estimates (again, people always seem to be working with hearsay and conjecture) place the iPhone percentage around 60 per cent. The iPhone is not (yet) sold on the nation’s fourth largest carrier, T-Mobile, so this obviously would make a huge difference.
The release of the new Galaxy SIII, which Samsung will be pleased to see has had a similar amount of pre-release hype usually reserved for an Apple product, may see the pendulum swing back in Android’s favour – depending on who you talk to, of course.