Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Oct 2012 14:43 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Since I love making it seem as if The Netherlands is in any way relevant anywhere ever, here's the most recent market share figures for smartphones, released today, covering the month of August (there's a graph showing the figures for every month from August 2011 until August 2012). The iPhone has a market share of almost 20% - but Android is ravaging the market, and now holds a market share of 70% (!). Nearly 75% of all Android smartphones sold in The Netherlands are made by Samsung. If you take the entire phone market - including feature phones - the iPhone holds 13% (up from 8% in August 2011) and Android 47% (up from 30% in August 2011). Windows Phone barely manages to hold on at 1%, and the BlackBerry dropped from 13% to 5%. Interestingly enough, in this combined feature/smartphone market, nearly 50% are Samsung phones. This of course doesn't yet include the iPhone 5, so the next set of figures will most likely show a spike for Apple. Still, if The Netherlands is in any way indicative of the rest of Europe, it's no surprise Apple tends to focus on US figures during its presentations.
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RE[3]: Comment by jared_wilkes
by Beta on Fri 12th Oct 2012 10:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by jared_wilkes"
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Did someone say it was?

His rather lacking point might be, trends are different outside the US, very different.
If all you have to show are US numbers, and even those are favouring Android now, you should be worried about returning to that niche market you came from.

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jared_wilkes Member since:

Several false assumptions here:

I'm concerned about "returning to niche" -- I'm not, I'm perfectly content and even prefer a minority platform that has achieved sustainability (and 200+ million users, 700,000+ apps, and the lion's share of profits certainly marks platform sustainability), and... iOS was never dominant.

The notion that Apple over-emphasizes the US over international data; I cannot find a single iPhone even where they don't mention their worldwide share of mobile phones (the best, most reliable worldwide stat).

The suggestion that Apple isn't kicking everyone else's ass, besides Samsung, just because you can add up the entirety of several dozens of Android manufacturers making cheap crap that isn't even being truly used as smartphones.


Edited 2012-10-12 16:31 UTC

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