Android and Microsoft meanwhile fought over razor thin margins -- and Microsoft lost.
- 301.3 million smartphones shipped, up 25.3% year over year
- 255.3 million Androids shipped, up 33.3%
- 35.2 million iPhones shipped, up 12.7%
- 7.4 million Windows Phones shipped, down 9.4%
- 1.5 million Blackberries shipped, down 78%
All told, Google’s GOOG Android and Apple’s iOS accounted for 96.4% of the units shipped, according to IDC.
“It’s been an incredible upward slog for other OS players,” said IDC’s Melissa Chau.
What she didn’t say — but the attached chart implies — is that it hasn’t exactly been a walk in the woods for the dominant Android makers either.
According to IDC, 58.6% of all Android smartphone shipments worldwide cost less than $200 off contract. So while Android has been “reaping huge gains within emerging markets,” in the words of IDC’s Ramon Llamos, it hasn’t been yielding huge profits.
Apple meanwhile continued to skim the cream off the smartphone market in what is historically its slowest quarter of the year. From IDC’s press release:
Below: IDC’s Q2 2014 spreadsheet.