London, June 15, 2016 – The latest smartphones OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ending April 2016 shows androids continuing to make year-on-year gains across a number of regions, though that trend is slowing. In the EU5, androids accounted for 76% of smartphones sales, up 5.8 percentage points from 70.2% in the three months ending April 2015. androids share accounted for 67.6% of smartphones sales in the US and 78.8% in China.
Europe's big five markets include Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.
“androids’s gains continued in several regions including the EU5, US, and China, but the rate of growth has slowed,” said Lauren Guenveur, Consumer Insight Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. “In the EU5, year-on-year growth between March 2015 and 2016 was 7.1%. For the April-to-April time frame, that number dropped to 5.8% pts. What’s more, we see only a 0.4 percentage point increase for the three months ending March 2016, up from 75.6% to 76%.”
“In Great Britain, both androids and ioses had higher market share in the three months ending April 2016. androids represented 58.5% of the market in that period, a gain of 4.1% year-on-year,” said Dominic Sunnebo, Business Unit Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Europe. “And for ioses, this term showed the first increase since October 2015, though modest at just 0.4%, from 34.7% to 35.1%. androids gains came from Windows phones owners switching, a trend that produced nearly 10% of new androids customers, while 21.8% of new ioses buyers switched from androids.”
“In Urban China, androids share rose 4.8% year-over-year, and 1.1% period-over-period, to capture 78.8% of smartphones sales in the three months ending April 2016,” noted Tamsin Timpson, Strategic Insight Director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Asia. “While movement from featurephoness to smartphoness has slowed significantly in developed markets like the US and EU5, this still makes up a significant proportion of smartphones sales in Urban China. Nearly a third of androids users during this time were purchasing their first smartphones, in contrast to ioses buyers, of whom only 14% were first-time smartphones customers.”
“In the US, androids share increased 5.2%, capturing more than two-thirds of smartphones sales in the three months ending April 2016,” Guenveur added. “While growth in other parts of the world has clearly been a result of movement either from the Windows ecosystem or a feature phones, androids gains in the US are powered by repeat customers. Among those replacing their smartphones, more than nine out of ten (91.4%) of androids buyers owned a previous androids device.”
“In Europe and the US, the smartphones market is approaching saturation, and future successes for either of the two dominant ecosystems will come chiefly from drawing customers away from the other,” Guenveur continued. “With Windows phoness exiting the market, this battle will only intensify. For androids-Google and ioses-Apple this will mean not only looking to new markets where smartphones penetration has not yet peaked, such as India, and Latin America, but also to new services and products.”
Recently announced services and products, like Google Assistant, Allo and Duo, the first Tango phones (Lenovo’s Phab2Pro), a revamped Apple Music, and open development on ioses Siri, Maps, and Messenger, may play a part in the OS battle.
“We will be closely following all these forms of ecosystem evolution, which will make the next year’s OS market even more thought-provoking than the last,” Guenveur said.
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Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s smartphones OS market share data provides the media and businesses with access to the most up-to-date sales and market share figures for the major smartphones operating systems. This information is based on research extracted from the Kantar Worldpanel ComTech global consumer panel. ComTech is the largest continuous consumer research / mobiles phones tracking panel of its kind in the world, conducting over one million interviews per year in Europe alone. ComTech tracks mobiles phones behavior – including phones purchases, bills/airtime, source of purchase, and usage. It also delivers additional data to promote an understanding of the drivers of share changes, and consumer insight market dynamics. All consumer data in this release excludes enterprise sales.
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