According to a new report from IDC, the smartphone market continues to be dominated by Android and Apple's iOS. Together, the two mobile operating systems accounted for a whopping 92.3 percent of all smartphone shipments during the first quarter of 2013.
Impressively, Apple, during the quarter gone by, shipped 37.4 million iPhones, a 6 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago. Shipments of Android-based smartphones, however, increased by 79.5 percent. Consequently, Apple's share of smartphone shipments last quarter slipped from 23 percent down to 17.3 percent.
IDC's report notes:
Apple iOS marked its largest ever first quarter volume on the strength of its iPhone shipment volumes, yet the operating system posted a year-over-year decline in market share and lower year-over-year shipment growth than the overall market. Although demand remains strong worldwide, the iOS experience has remained largely the same since the first iPhone debuted in 2007. That appears ready to change as online rumors and speculation predict a massive overhaul of the user interface when iOS 7 debuts.
Underscoring how fast the smartphone market continues to grow, IDC's data reveals that worldwide smartphone shipments shot up 59.1 percent year over year, increasing from 125.4 million units shipped during Q1 2012 to 199.5 million units in Q1 2013.
Some other notes of interest from IDC's report include the fact that Samsung by itself accounted for 41.1 percent of Q1 2013 smartphone shipments, representing 54.6 percent of all Android-based smartphones shipped during the quarter.
The largest year over year gain was recorded by Windows Phone as shipment volume increased 133 percent, hitting a total of 7 million units for the quarter. During Q1 2013, Windows Phone devices accounted for 7 percent of all smartphones shipped while BlackBerry's share of smartphone shipments fell to 6.3 percent.