I wasn’t surprised when Android pushed iOS to second place in the smartphone market. As I have said over and over again, Apple’s model means that their platform would end up a niche one. Not surprisingly, iOS has now lost its famed tablet dominance to Android OS. Is anyone really surprised? Perhaps only die-hard Apple fanboys.
A year ago, the iPad dominated the tablet space and it looked like nothing could change that. Today, according to statistics from IDC, the tables are fully turned and Android tablets now own over 60% of the tablet market. Here is how tablet operating systems stand as at the end of 2nd quarter 2013:
In response to how fast the smartphone landscape has changed, Apple has introduced a cheaper iPad Mini, and rumours are that an iPhone Mini is on the way too. Good move by Apple. The revolution takes place in the mid-tier and low-tier markets and any move to service part of those segments is a good one.
Here is how Phone Arena sums up the new situation of the tablet market:
“The 163% gain in Android tablet shipments has allowed tablets powered by Google’s open source OS to take a 62.6% share of the global tablet market last quarter versus the 32.5% held by Apple. Amazingly, just one year before, Apple had 60.3% of the tablet market while Android owned 38%.”
iOS dominance is over. Android rules supreme, holding sway over both smartphones and tablets. Head over to Phone Arena to read a more detailed report.