Apple’s strong sales of iPhones throughout the fourth quarter of 2014 gave the corporate a higher piece of the worldwide smartphone market, in accordance to new figures released today by IDC. The Cupertino-based firm offered 74.5 million iPhones throughout the quarter, which interprets into 19.7 p.c of the worldwide smartphone market. That’s up from 17.5 p.c throughout the identical interval a 12 months in the past.
Android sales totaled 289.1 million worldwide, up 26.6 p.c from the identical interval a 12 months in the past. However Google’s market share shrank by 1.6 share factors to 76.6 p.c of the full smartphone market. Home windows Telephone sales grew barely from 8.8 million items within the fourth quarter of 2013 to 10.7 million items throughout the identical interval in 2014, however Microsoft’s general share shrank from 3 p.c of the market to 2.8 p.c of the market.
The worldwide smartphone market is more and more wanting like a two-horse race between Apple and Google, with little room for different platform operators. Smartphones working iOS or Android made up 96.3 p.c of the full smartphone market throughout the full 12 months 2014. Microsoft is the closest competitor to the 2 titans with solely 2.7 p.c of the complete 12 months market share.
As standard, BlackBerry is the large loser in all of this, with simply 0.4 p.c of the worldwide smartphone market within the full 12 months 2014. The corporate’s annual sales dropped nearly 70 p.c over 2013 to simply 5.8 million items, lower than 17 p.c of Microsoft’s complete sales for the 12 months.