New numbers are in from research firm IDC looking at the smartphone market for 2013. The numbers show that Android smartphone shipments hit a significant milestone during 2013. According to IDC, there were nearly 800 million Android smartphones shipped during the year.
The smartphone market shipped nearly 1 billion devices overall for the first time during 2013. Android and iOS were the two platforms pushing the massive growth of the market. Combined Android and iOS make up 95.7% of all smartphone shipments in Q4 2013.
Looming at the entire year, Android and iOS teamed up for 93.8% of all smartphone shipments. IDC points out that while marketing campaigns by smartphone makers continue to focus on high-end device like the iPhone 5S, Galaxy Note 3 and others, most buyers are opting for significantly cheaper devices.
IDC says that during 2013, the sub-$200 smartphone market boomed growing to 42.6% of the global volume. That means that out of the nearly 800 million units sold in 2013; about 430 million were cheaper devices. Android was the clear leader in the smartphone wars for 2013 with 39.5% of the smartphone market. iOS was second with 17.6% of the market. Windows Phone in third place. BlackBerry was in last place and was the only firm to see negative year over year change.