During the first quarter of 2013, Android continued to surge forward. Google’s mobile platform powered an impressive 59.9% of all “smart” mobile devices sold, with a total shipment level of 308.7 million units. in comparison, Apple’s iOS powered only 19.3% of devices sold – 3 times less than Android.
According to Canalys, the information source, directly following the two mobile giants was Microsoft, with 18.1% of devices powered by Windows and windows Phone.
According to Canalys, the reason for Apple’s decline in totals is partially due to their aging iOS platform. “Despite its slowing growth, Apple still shipped over 37 million iPhones,” said Pete Cunningham, Canalys Principal Analyst. “But HTC and Samsung have raised the bar with their latest handsets and Apple needs to respond with its next iPhone. The iPhone user interface is now six years old and badly in need of a refresh.”