According to a note issued to clients by Needham & Company analyst Charlie Wolf, citing data from IDC, Android’s U.S. market share in March quarter dropped from 52.4 to 49.5 percent, the first sequential loss for Android ever in any region of the world. On the other hand, the market share of Apple iOS gained 12.3 percentage points to 29.5%.
Wolf described the loss of market share “is just the beginning”, and predicts Apple will eventually gains back the market share in fall, by the time that both GSM and CDMA versions of the new iPhone has been launched.
Apart from the U.S. market, Wolf also illustrated the fall of Nokia’s global market share were somehow leveled off by strong Android growth, by using IDC figures. Android phones and iPhones were the only two smartphones that has growth in market share, while all other smartphone platforms are declining.
During the second quarter, many Android phones with great specifications were launched, yet Apple has only put the white iPhone 4 into the market. Market figures and predictions might not be applicable in the 3rd quarter, as the analysis relies much on the predictions that the new iPhone will be launched in this fall. However, one thing is very certain, that makers of other smartphone platforms are in danger.