A report from Gartner mentions that Google’s Android operating system saw a dip in marketshare by 1.9% in the first few months of 2015. This was largely due to the increased growth of the iOS platform courtesy of the two new iPhones. Android marketshare fell by 4% in China, where the iPhones have been making tremendous inroads.
In terms of overall shipments, Apple now stands only 20,000 units behind Samsung and could easily take over the crown from the company over the coming months if its sales are consistent. However, the figures from the 2nd and third quarter will be significantly different given the arrival of multiple new Android flagships.
It is said that Android manufacturers like LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, Micromax etc made significant impact on the mobile market in the first quarter. “During this quarter, local brands and Chinese vendors came out as the key winners in emerging markets,” said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. “These vendors recorded an average growth of 73 percent in smartphone sales and saw their combined share go up from 38 percent to 47 percent during the first quarter of 2015.”