Android overtaking Apple

Android is overtaking Apple in the mobile gadget market due to speed and cost advantages, says analysts.

“Android has been one of the primary growth engines of the smartphone market since it was launched in 2008,” said Ramon Llamas, Senior Research Analyst at International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Mobile Devices Technology and Trends team. “In every year since then, Android has effectively outpaced the market and taken market share from the competition”.

Almost three out of four smartphones currently owned worldwide are from Android, reveals statistics by IDC tracking.

“The pace of innovation in Android is faster than Apple,” said Ken Dulaney, Vice President of Gartner Research. “They are just trying harder; Apple is way behind in that area.”

 The variety that Android offers, together with the support of the consumer developers from Google’s side, sets it apart from Apple. While Apple has a tightly controlled product system, Android operates from an open platform basis.

Android powered Samsung Galaxy S3 takes a further bite out of Apple’s performance as the phone is shown to be the number one selling smartphone above the iPhone 4S in South Korea, according to the statistics of Strategy Analytics.

Recent International Data Corporation (IDC) figures shows that Apple’s tablet market share has dropped from 65 to 50 percent. In comparison, Android’s market has grown 90 percent with global shipment figures racing up to 136 million.

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