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Google Says Android Winning the War against Apple

Eric Schmidt, the chairman at Google believes that the war between Android and iOS is nearing an end and Android will be victorious

December 15, 2012 – Eric Schmidt, the chairman at Google believes that the war between Android and iOS is nearing an end and Android will be victorious. In an interview, that was just published Schmidt said the ongoing battle for market share that Android is in with the iOS by Apple is similar to decades ago when it was Microsoft trying to stave off Apple. Schmidt says the war between the two is now being won clearly by Android.

Schmidt might have a point that is difficult to argue against. IDC, a research firm, reported in November that in the third quarter of 2012 shipments of Android accounted for over 75% of the market worldwide. In second was the iOS by Apple with nearly 15%. In 2011, in the same quarter, the share for Android was 57.5% and for iOS, it was 13.8%.

Schmidt mentioning the comparison between software giant Microsoft and Apple’s OS X is also difficult to argue against. Windows dominated the market for operating systems due to many vendors bundling software into their products. Apple however, kept its OS X to itself and used it just for its own products.

The mobile market of today has a very similar scenario. New devices that are Android based are hitting shelves of stores each month during the year, but iOS-based products account for much less of the market as they are only found in Apple products.

In the third quarter of 2012, 136 million devices with Android were shipped and 27 million devices with Apple’s iOS were shipped. Volume for the third quarter last year was 71 million for Android and 17 million for iOS.   The next closest rival to the top two was Blackberry with just 4.3% of the market and 7.7 million units shipped. In all, more than 181 million smartphones were shipped during the third quarter of 2012, an increase of 46% over the same quarter a year ago.

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