SOURCE: Kantar Worldpanel ComTech

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech

September 06, 2016 03:01 ET

Ahead of iPhone Launch, iOS Continues Growth

Android Experiences Year-on-Year Decline in US, iOS Lower in China

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Sep 6, 2016) - The latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows year-on-year sales growth for iOS in the three months ending July 2016 in most regions, including the US, EU5, and Australia. In the US, Android posted a year-on-year decline in sales of 0.6 percentage points to 65%.

Europe's big five markets include Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

"Ahead of Apple's event this week and anticipated new iPhone models, we see that the iPhone SE has meant some success for iOS, helping it achieve year-on-year growth across a number of regions," said Lauren Guenveur, Consumer Insight Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. "In the US, iOS accounted for 31.3% of smartphone sales in the three months ending July 2016, a 1.2 percentage point increase compared to the same period a year ago."

"The iPhone 6s remains the top-selling device in the market with an 11% share, something we expect to continue through the launch of the next iPhone, with price reductions incentivizing people to upgrade their current phones even if they might not feel a need for the 'latest and greatest,'" Guenveur added. "Interestingly, the iPhone 6, which is approaching the end of its expected lifecycle, is still the sixth best-selling phone in the US, achieving 4.1% of smartphone sales in the latest period."

"In Great Britain, iOS achieved a 5.2 percentage point increase vs. a year ago, to account for 38% of smartphone sales in the three months ending July 2016. This is the strongest growth in share since the three-month period ending September 2015. Android also posted growth, with 57.3% of smartphone sales, up from 54.4% in the previous year," reported Dominic Sunnebo, Business Unit Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Europe. "In the three months ending June, although iOS returned to growth in EU5, it still had slight share losses in Italy and Spain. However, during the three months ending July, iOS share increased in both markets to 12.7% and 9.2%, respectively. Android also continued to achieve a share increase, while the largest year-on-year losses were experienced by Windows."

"In Urban China, Android accounted for 85% of smartphone sales in the three months ending July 2016, a record high for Android in this region. Huawei also continued to expand its share to reach 27.6%. Xiaomi is in a solid second position with 18.5% of smartphones sales, followed by Apple in third place at 14.3%," explained Tamsin Timpson, Strategic Insight Director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Asia. "For Apple and iOS, this represents a continued period of decline that started in the three-month period ending February 2016. However, 33% of the current iOS installed base owns an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, representing a large opportunity for iOS to return to growth in the coming months as the latest iPhone is released and consumers contemplate the upgrade."

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Smartphone OS Sales Share (%)            
Germany   3 me Jul 15   3 me Jul 16   % pt. Change   USA   3 me Jul 15   3 me Jul 16   % pt. Change
Android   73.7   79.8   6.1   Android   65.6   65   -0.6
iOS   15.2   15.2   0.0   iOS   30.1   31.3   1.2
Windows   10.1   4.8   -5.3   Windows   3.8   2.4   -1.4
Other   1   0.1   -0.9   Other   0.5   1.3   0.8
GB   3 me Jul 15   3 me Jul 16   % pt. Change   China   3 me Jul 15   3 me Jul 16   % pt. Change
Android   54.4   57.3   2.9   Android   79.4   85.0   5.6
iOS   32.8   38.0   5.2   iOS   18.7   14.3   -4.4
Windows   11.9   4.3   -7.6   Windows   1.5   0.2   -1.3
Other   1   0.4   -0.6   Other   0.4   0.5   0.1
France   3 me Jul 15   3 me Jul 16   % pt. Change   Australia   3 me Jul 15   3 me Jul 16   % pt. Change
Android   69.6   75.6   6.0   Android   56.1   60.2   4.1
iOS   17   18.8   1.8   iOS   34.9   35.2   0.3
Windows   12.6   4.9   -7.7   Windows   6.9   2.9   -4.0
Other   0.7   0.7   0.0   Other   2.1   1.7   -0.4
Italy   3 me Jul 15   3 me Jul 16   % pt. Change   Japan   3 me Jul 15   3 me Jul 16   % pt. Change
Android   72.9   82.5   9.6   Android   62.9   64.6   1.7
iOS   11.4   12.7   1.3   iOS   35.1   34.1   -1.0
Windows   14.3   4.7   -9.6   Windows   0.1   0.6   0.5
Other   1.4   0.1   -1.3   Other   1.8   0.6   -1.2
Spain   3 me Jul 15   3 me Jul 16   % pt. Change   EU5   3 me Jul 15   3 me Jul 16   % pt. Change
Android   89.4   90   0.6   Android   71.0   77.0   6.1
iOS   6.6   9.2   2.6   iOS   17.2   18.4   1.2
Windows   4   0.6   -3.4   Windows   10.9   4.2   -6.7
Other   0   0.1   0.1   Other   0.9   0.3   -0.6
                             
                             

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Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's smartphone OS market share data provides the media and businesses with access to the most up-to-date sales and market share figures for the major smartphone operating systems. This information is based on research extracted from the Kantar Worldpanel ComTech global consumer panel. ComTech is the largest continuous consumer research mobile phone tracking panel of its kind in the world, conducting over one million interviews per year in Europe alone. ComTech tracks mobile phone behavior -- including phone purchases, bills/airtime, source of purchase, and usage. It also delivers additional data to promote an understanding of the drivers of share changes, and consumer insight market dynamics. All consumer data in this release excludes enterprise sales.

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