Originally published: February 6, 2012
Last updated: February 6, 2012 - 9:43pm
Based on a growing number of data points, Android’s sales dominance may be nearing its apex while Apple’s iOS is on the rise. Even as a daily user of both an Android smartphone and tablet, I can’t deny the facts that Android’s partners are not doing as well as they used to. The conclusion that Android’s best days are behind is surely arguable, but I am starting to think that Android is on the decline for several reasons.
- The early Android handset makers are free-falling.
- Apple is grabbing a huge share of mobile revenues and profits.
- The top three smartphones are all iPhones.
- First-time buyers are picking Android, but . . .
- Even now, there are still few apps hitting Android before iOS.
- Android no longer has a killer app.
- There is less of a lock-in cost to keep people on Android.
- Android and iOS are nearly tied for US smartphone market share
- Apple now offers education discounts on iPads. Is that because of Chromebooks?
- 195 Million tablets sold in 2013 with Android taking nearly 62% of the market
- Hey Google, take control of Android already, will ya?
- Samsung, Apple grow US phone sales as others lag
- Comscore: Android still top US smartphone OS, but iPhone top smartphone and iOS gaining
- Why 1 in 2 smartphones in the U.K. run Android
- Android Market driven by prolific, active devs
- Who’s on pace to sell 1M phones a day?
- Android Owns Half US Smartphone Market
- Google’s Android Begins to Top Out
- Smartphone sales rise as average cost drops to $135
- The Google-Apple Mobile Battle
- iPhone breathing down neck of Android in US
- Disconnect: why Andy Rubin and Android called it quits