iOS Loses Ground to Android in Western Europe

iOS Loses Ground to Android in Western Europe

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Apple's iOS has lost ground to Google's Android in Western Europe as the mobile phone market for the region shrunk in the first quarter of 2013 due to lower than expected smartphone growth. Total mobile phone shipments dropped 4.2% year on year to 43.6 million units, according to IDC's European Mobile Phone Tracker, published in May 2013.

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The feature phones segment continued to lose ground as consumers adopt smartphones. Shipments fell 31% year on year to 12 million units. The smartphone segment also lost some steam in the first quarter. Shipments increased 12% year on year to 31.6 million units in the quarter, which was the lowest growth rate since IDC started tracking the mobile phone market in 2004.

Most Western European countries experienced a slowdown in smartphone sales as economies deteriorated, with a consequent decline in disposable income for consumers. Mobile operators are also cutting handset subsidies to reduce their costs as revenues decline. This is particularly impacting the Southern European economies, where consumers refrain from replacing their mobile phones for longer periods. In Northern Europe, smartphone penetration is reaching a tipping point, which has started to impact the smartphone growth, as most users already have a smartphone and will not replace it until the contract ends or the device breaks.

In Western Europe, phone makers are facing the most challenging time ever; the economic environment is impacting demand, while users are buying cheaper handsets, which impacts manufacturers margins.

"We are now entering the second wave of smartphone adoption in the region. The first wave was driven by those users looking for devices that would meet their mobility needs. They did look for the best devices in terms of performance and user experience, and more importantly, they were able to afford and pay a premium to get a premium experience. We are now entering the second wave of smartphone adoption, which will be driven by those users with no need for a smartphone," said Francisco Jeronimo, European mobile devices research director at IDC. "These new users are looking to replace their current feature phones with another feature phone, as smartphones are fancy gadgets that they don't feel the need to have. However, when they go to a phone shop most of the options available are smartphones only; their friends, colleagues and family may have smartphones and are always talking about the latest apps, and the cheapest smartphones they note are most likely to be as low in price as the last feature phone they bought. With a small push from sales people, the sale is almost guaranteed. But they will buy one of the cheapest smartphones as they still see no value for money."

In terms of operating system, Android continues to dominate the smartphone landscape. In the quarter, Google's OS shipped 21.9 million units and market share increased to 69% in 1Q13 from 55% in last years' first quarter. Apple's iOS continues to lose ground as market share declined to 20% from 25% in 1Q12. Windows Phone improved its position to become the third biggest OS in the region, but it still represents a tiny percentage of the smartphones shipped. Its market share rose to 6% in 1Q13 from 4% in 1Q12.

The charts below show shipments and market share for the region by manufacturer.

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iOS Loses Ground to Android in Western Europe

iOS Loses Ground to Android in Western Europe

pat - June 27, 2013 at 4:27pm
Europe = Cheap Android = Cheap ============== Thats why. Apple was never popular enough in Europe. Android will die soon. People in Europe are going to replace those by Windows Phones and BlackBerries soon. Those who do not have enough money will stick with Android whatever mobile vendor it will be or Nokia then.
Raleigh Brecht - June 27, 2013 at 4:52pm
Neither are you here!
Bye Apple - June 26, 2013 at 10:11pm
Get used to it, seeing how innovation has been replaced for patent trolling in Apple, there are more continents to come! I know I was an iOS fan for a long time and the HTC One won me over. Tried to hold off for the iPhone 5S, but the One is just too good. Now that iOS7 has leaked, it has reassured me!
Raleigh - June 27, 2013 at 11:25am
bye you! You really want aomethint THAT big? Come on, it may be aluminum, but htc zero is not that great since it's android powered! You once had a good decision!!
Dickinyourass - June 28, 2013 at 5:47pm
you are an iDiot.
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