Android continues to dominate the smartphone market, claiming 81% of global shipments during 2014. Apple iOS managed to capture 15% of the market, while Microsoft claimed just 3%.
In 2013, Android reported 79% of the total shipments, making the current 81% a slight, but noticeable, increase.
Even though Apple enjoyed overwhelming sales increases with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, they were still unable to match Android’s reign in the world of operating systems. This is largely due to the number of smartphones that currently operate on the Android line. Apple iOS is only available on iPhone models, while Android is used for Samsung, LG, Motorola, Google Phones, and other leading smartphones on the market.
The fourth quarter of 2014 put Android over the 1 billion mark for smartphone sales for the year, a record that far surpasses the total smartphone shipments of 990 million for all operating systems during the previous year. Total smartphone shipments for 2014 reached close to 1.3 billion.
“Global smartphone shipments grew 30 percent annually from 1.0 billion units in 2013 to a record 1.3 billion in 2014,” said Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics–the firm conducting the study–said in a statement. “Emerging markets, such as China and Indonesia, drove the industry’s growth last year and they will continue to do so through 2015.”