Based on figures from a new report from IDC, the global smartphone market pushed to new heights last quarter. In the 2nd quarter of this 2014, over 300 million units were shipped for the first time ever. This sets a new record for number of smartphones shipped in a quarter, according to IDC.
More precisely, smartphone manufacturers shipped a total of 301.3 million smartphones worldwide in the 2nd quarter of 2014, this number is up 25 percent over the number of units shipped in the 2nd quarter of 2013. “Android has been reaping huge gains within emerging markets,” says Ramon Llamas, Research Manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team.
Of particular note to businesses interested in mobile application development for their business, Android and iOS saw their combined market share swell to 96 percent for the quarter, continuing to squeeze out all competitors.
“We are seeing fewer businesses choosing to create applications for platforms other than Android and iOS,” states Kimber Johnson, Managing Director of Pacific App Design. “In their place, we have been seeing a growing number of requests involving integrating Android and iOS applications with external devices such as sensors or appliances and expanding the uses of these two operating systems.”