His numbers, taken from the latest Gartner press release, were accurate enough, as far as they went.
There’s no question that Android’s share of the world smartphone market is outpacing that of all other platforms, including Apple’s (AAPL) iOS.
The complaint of his critics is that by choosing to graph the data in that particular Gartner spreadsheet — as opposed to others Gartner provided — he managed to make it look like Apple was dead or dying while Android soared.
The truth is both platforms are doing well in a market that grew 43% year over year. If Yarow had graphed Gardner’s worldwide mobile phone sales numbers instead, his chart would have shown Apple and Samsung as the only major mobile phone makers with growing market shares — Samsung’s to 23.6% from 21.1% and Apple’s to 9.0% from 7.8%.
Nobody really knows how many mobile phones — smart or otherwise — Samsung sold last quarter. The company hasn’t released that kind of information for years.
We do know how many iPhones Apple sells, and when you chart the numbers in their quarterly SEC filings, they look like this: