Android dominated the competition in the third quarter of 2014, claiming a staggering 84% of the smartphone shipments.
Research from Strategy Analytics indicates that global shipments for Android phones reached 268 million last quarter, up from 206 million versus the previous year.
Worldwide smartphone shipments for all operating systems increased by 27% last quarter, mostly due to developing markets and the surging sales of low-priced smartphones. There were 320 million units shipped worldwide during the third quarter, up from 253 million last year.
Apple iOS posted a 16% increase in shipments over last year during the third quarter, due to the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But its market share decreased from 13.4% to 12.3%.
Microsoft dropped from 4.1% to 3.3%, and BlackBerry sunk below 1% last quarter.
Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, expressed concerns about the dominating force of Android in the future.
“Android’s leadership of the global smartphone market looks unbeatable at the moment…[However,] the Android platform is getting overcrowded with hundreds of hardware brands, Android smartphone prices are falling worldwide, and few Android device vendors make profits,” Mawston said in a statement.
Sales of the iPhone 6 in the fourth quarter may boost Apple’s market share. The company has already started selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the strongest markets, but they plan to sell in an additional 115 countries by the end of the year.