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Android market share in China climbs 9.3 percent but declines in the US

Windows Phone's market share halved to 1.3 percent in 2016 as Android and iOS crowd out the competition. (Source: Kantar Worldpanel)
Windows Phone's market share halved to 1.3 percent in 2016 as Android and iOS crowd out the competition. (Source: Kantar Worldpanel)
The latest smartphone data from a few months ago shows that iOS and Android have cemented their positions at the top of the food chain. Now, the battle is between these two major players for fast-growing markets in China and India.

Smartphone OS sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has examined smartphone trends around the world to determine where the winds are heading. Some of this data reinforces much of what many already believed, such as the dominance of iOS and Android over all other competing smartphone ecosystems like BlackBerry OS, Symbian and Windows Mobile. There is almost no hope of these less-popular mobile operating systems gaining significant market share in the foreseeable future.

Consumer Insight Director Lauren Guenveur said that data from Mobile World Congress reaffirmed that the market was destined for a duopoly between iOS and Android as even Nokia and BlackBerry have thrown in the towel and joined the ranks of Android in their new devices.

Android is king in China, accounting for 83.2 percent of all smartphones sold in the country, a year-on-year increase of 9.3 percent from Q4 2015. Huawei is the most popular smartphone seller, closely followed by Apple and Xiaomi, though Oppo and Vivo are quickly ascending the ranks.

In the US, however, Android looked a little less impressive as their share of smartphone sales declined 1.8 percentage points from last year while iOS grew 2.9 percentage points. Even so, Android remained the dominant player with 56.4 percent of the smartphone sales to iOS’s 42 percent.

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Isaac Brown, 2017-03-15 (Update: 2017-03-16)
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