Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai may not like some of these stats, but can this change significantly for India and the US?
iOS Vs. Android Share in India and The US – Apple does not have a significant share in the Indian market, in terms of the number of users – it will be less than 5%, while Android accounts for over 95% of the share.
On the other side, the US has close to 45% share of iOS and about 55% share of Android mobiles.
I am sure Tim Cook may not like it. The situation is very different for the US.
The OS data by Kantar Worldpanel shows iOS’ significant growth in year-on-year 3 months ending in November of 2016.
Apart from its strong base in the US with a growth of 6.4%. Apple made its mark in countries such as the UK, Italy, France, Japan, and Spain. Opportunities where Android sales dropped significantly.
In the US, Android lost its command by 5.1% and came down to 55.3%. I told you, neither will Sundar Pichai like this. As I said earlier, the iPhone is competing with a plethora of Android smartphones from different OEMs in different price ranges.
iOS Vs. Android Share in India and US
According to another research, the number of new iPhone sales accounted for 3% in 2016. Hence a 5% share is an assumption on the higher side for iPhone users in India. Indian numbers can differ for Apple users between 3 to 5%.
You can also read our latest Smartphone Market Share Report.
The point is not to establish a 3% or 5% overall iPhone user base but to highlight the difference between iOS and Android share in India and the US market.
How contrasting is the user preference in both countries?
Global iPhone Sales – Is iPhone 7 a Success?
It’s the sales of iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6S that acquired 31.3% share & proved to be a huge home run for the Cupertino giant. Apple saw the most dramatic growth in the UK as it grew by 9.1%. All because of the sales drop of Windows smartphones, which went down by 7%.
Hey, it’s not all hunky-dory for Apple alone. Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge captivated almost 29% by coming in at fourth & fifth.
Well, Android also saw its share growth in China by 7.2%. It’s not at all a surprise as companies like Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi are all powered by Android and acquires a huge chunk of users in the Chinese market.
Apple lost the battle in Germany as well and dropped by 3.2% compared to the 6.5% growth of Android smartphones.
Interestingly, Urban China proved to be the exact opposite. It showed the legit popularity of iPhone 7 by defeating the raging popularity of Oppo R9 and how it went on to become the best selling smartphone.
iPhone 8 Expectations
Although the growth of the iPhone increased last year, analysts predict that the sales will be off the charts with its upcoming iPhone this year. Being its 10th anniversary, everybody is hoping for a new design and material choice from Apple. There are lots of hopes for the upcoming iPhone 8 as it can be radically different from the last 3 generations of iPhone.
Speaking of the new iPhone, it’s not unusual as the early leaks about the upcoming iPhone sprung up on the internet. It’s a part of the hype that builds around the release of the iPhone.
It shows that Apple is going back to the drawing board and giving somewhat of a homage to the iPhone 4 by sporting a glass body with stainless steel edges. The only drawback the iPhone 4 & 4S has, was its weight.
After following the trend of all-metal uni-body for 5 consecutive years, Apple is again trying to move ahead with the glass back. If and when it does, it’ll surely be heavily compared to Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8.
The addition of stainless steel frame increases the sturdiness & also reduces the manufacturing costs & time. Probably a win-win situation for Apple and consumers.
Whether they’ll stick with Ion-strengthened glass or make their own version of the shatterproof display is yet to be confirmed. They might even use Sapphire glass, which has been doing rounds since the release of the iPhone 6 & 6S.
The reports by Digitimes also claim that the components would be made by Foxconn & Jabil (a US-based company). Apparently, they were the ones who supplied the Stainless steel frames during the iPhone 4 series.
As far as the manufacturing of the iPhone is concerned, reports suggest it’ll be done by Foxconn, Wistron & Pegatron Technology.
The rumors are hinting at an exquisite version of the iPhone coming this year, although there are several smartphones being made of glass.
The competition for the iPhone is stiff than ever before. Huawei Honor Magic and Honor 8, Samsung S7 and S7 Edge, and the recently launched HTC U Ultra are all on glass back design, and it will be interesting to see How Apple can steal the show with so many good affordable Android smartphones on the block.
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