Android Controls Almost 82% Of Mobile OS Market, BlackBerry Is Virtually 0%
The Android OS continues to rule with almost 82 percent of the global mobile OS market running on Android as of the fourth quarter of 2016. In contrast, iOS accounted for almost 18 percent, while Windows held 0.3 percent and BlackBerry OS was a virtually 0 percent.
Compared to the same quarter in 2015, Android’s share increased by 1 percent. The share of iOS declined by almost 1 percent, while Windows’ share shrank from 1.1 percent to 0.3 percent and BlackBerry’s share vanished from its 0.2 percent share, Android Authority reports.
From No. 1 To Zilch
Engadget notes that BlackBerry, which used to dominate the operating system market, actually shipped 207,000 phones in Q4 2016. But it was not enough to even account for 0.1 percent of the global OS market.
Microsoft Windows’ share in the OS market also failed to grow even if the company shipped 1.1 million phones for the same period. The situation left the market between Android OS and iOS.
Apple Slips Past Samsung
However, by vendor, the Gartner report shows that because of the Galaxy Note 7 exploding battery issue, Apple ate a chunk of Samsung’s lead resulting in Apple growing its market share by 0.2 percent to 17.9 percent, while Samsung’s shrank by 2.9 percent to 17.8 percent.
Huawei was in third place with 9.5 percent, a 1.5 percent improvement. Oppo came in fourth with 6.2 percent which almost doubled from its previous 3.2 percent shared. In fifth spot is BBK Communications Equipment which accounted for 5.6 percent, double from its Q4 2015 share of 2.8 percent.
Meanwhile, it seems Android OS would further expand its dominance since Google is developing an OS that would work seamlessly across devices by offering similar experiences across realities and screens. It would be through the Andromeda OS for laptops that Google is developing which combines the Android and Chrome OS, BGR reports.
Daniel Matte of Google says that the Android and Chrome OS are apparently merged into Fuchsia OS. He adds, “It’s worth noting that these operating systems had previously already begun to merge together to an extent, such as when the Android team worked with the Chrome OS team in order to bring Update Engine to Nougat, which introduced A/B updates to the platform.”