Android’s lead grows to 79% of all smartphones shipped in 2013

Daniel Bader

January 30, 2014 7:04pm

Android is still surging, growing to 79% of all shipped smartphones in 2013, but the dominance of Google’s mobile ambitions is slowing.

According to Canalys, Android grew from 68% of all smartphones shipped in 2012 to 79% in 2013, while iOS dropped 5%, from 20% to 15%, in the same period. Windows Phone increased to 3% of the nearly 1 billion overall smartphones shipped in the year, with a 90% uptick from the prior year; the overall numbers were 32 million.

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The numbers were echoed by Strategy Analytics, and both analyst firms confirmed the impending doom of BlackBerry’s handset business, which declined precipitously in 2013.

A reminder, though: smartphone shipments market share does not equate to usage share, as is often reiterated. While Google excels at getting Android onto hundreds of millions of devices each year, many of them are either used as “dumbphones” or do not end up accessing the Google Play Store.

  • Francois Roy

    Wow; Blackberry is now in the negligeable “others” category.. WHat a shame.

    • kilowiko

      I hope this isn’t a surprise to you. This has been coming down the pipe for over 5 years now.

    • Acer12345

      Window’s phone was once that low also. 😉

    • Jeffry

      I agree.. I think Windows phone can be classified as others since it is under 5 %.. lol

    • bluecanada

      Blackberry should’ve skinned Android. Android plus secure comms.

      They’re slowly getting there with BB 10.2.1, but it may be too late. OTOH, may survive as a totally different sort of company, the way IBM did…

    • whatever

      what are you talking about
      guys on here are panning the skinned version of the Nokia
      BB just has to focus on being the business customer that wants a touch keyboard which was their core customer, then grow it back out with new features

    • Wizzy

      Not surprising. Where’s Palm now?

  • Mythos88

    Daniel you’re such a Google groupie in everything you do. Using basic math rules the Android, iOS and WP 2013 numbers all should have been rounded up. But you rounded up Android but rounded iOS and WP down lol.

  • It’s Me

    Shipped also doesn’t mean sold. The firesales of touchpads and playbooks should have taught everyone that lesson.

    No question android owns the vast majority of marketshare, no matter how you slice it. Shame no one but Samsung can find a way to make money at it.

    • Lyndon Boychuk

      Sammy is the only one who spends on advertising.

  • Jonah Emery

    I’m always annoyed by shipped smartphone stats. What’s actually being used?!