Flurry, a mobile analytics service, combined its mobile application data with published data from the NPD group and others, to show that Android and iOS captured a growing portion of the video game market share in 2010. According to the firm's analysis, iOS and Android game sales increased from 5% in 2009 to 8% in 2010 and revenue increased from US$500 million to $800 million in that same yearly period. Flurry claims that mobile game revenue in 2010 surpassed the estimated $700 million earned from PC game sales.
Looking closer at the figures, iOS and Android game sales took a chunk out of portable game sales. When compared to the Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable, Android and iOS market share almost doubled from 19% in 2009 to 34% in 2010. At the same time, Nintendo DS market share fell a whopping 13 percentage points from 70% down to 57%.
Before you begin to declare the death of portable gaming, remember this is one metric and one company's analysis. We need to wait a bit longer to see how these figures fluctuate in the upcoming years before we shelves our Nintendo 3DS as a collector's item.