SOURCE: Kantar Worldpanel ComTech

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech

May 10, 2017 03:00 ET

Kantar: Android 87% Share in China, More Brands Competing

iOS Market Share Growth in the US Continues Despite Apple's Weaker iPhone Sales Report

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - May 10, 2017) - The latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveal that in the first quarter of 2017, and despite an Apple earnings report that did not meet Wall Street's expectations for iPhone sales, the company continued to make year-on-year share gains across most markets except urban China. The greatest increase for iOS came in Great Britain with 40.4 percent of smartphone sales, an increase of 5.6 percentage points -- and in the US with 38.9 percent of smartphone sales, an increase of 5.2 percentage points year-over-year.

"The first quarter of 2017 produced the lowest iOS share in China since the second quarter of 2014 with 12.4 percent of smartphone sales. Android continued to make year-on-year gains with 87.2 percent of smartphone sales," said Lauren Guenveur, Consumer Insight Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. "For iOS, this represents an 8.6 percentage point drop from the first quarter of 2016. At the same time, iPhone 7 remained the best-selling device in urban China with 3.8 percent of a market that has become increasingly fragmented."

"As a percentage of Android sales, Huawei continued to dominate in urban China at 36 percent. Oppo, which took the Chinese market by storm in 2016, has become the second largest Android brand with 13 percent of sales. Samsung fell to sixth place behind local Chinese vendors Xiaomi, Meizu, and Vivo, at just five percent of sales," reported Tamsin Timpson, Strategic Insight Director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Asia. "Oppo's strength is in its brick-and-mortar presence, which accounts for 86 percent of their smartphone sales. This contrasts with most other brands in the market who all make at least a third of their sales online, except for Vivo."

In EU5, Android accounted for 76.3 percent of smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2017, nearly on par with a year earlier at 75.6 percent. iOS posted a 1.9 percentage point gain to reach 20.7 percent of smartphone sales.

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

"Across EU5, Chinese brands have grown over the past year to account for 22 percent of smartphone sales," said Dominic Sunnebo, Business Unit Director for Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Europe. "Huawei, the second largest Android brand across France, Italy, Germany, and Spain, has also started to make its presence known in Great Britain, where it has historically struggled. Huawei accounted for 6.3 percent of smartphone sales in Great Britain in the first quarter of 2017, an all-time high, making it the third-largest Android brand in that market behind Samsung and Sony."

In the US, Android accounted for 59.2 percent of smartphone sales, compared to 63.4 percent a year earlier, while iOS captured 38.9 percent of sales, up year-on-year from 33.7 percent. The drop in Android share has been driven largely by lower sales of Samsung and Moto phones, the largest and third-largest Android-based brands in the market.

"While Chinese vendors are enjoying growth in places like EU5, Latin America, and India, the same cannot be said in the US, which remains dominated by Apple (39%), Samsung (30%), and LG (12%)," Guenveur said. "The first quarter 2017 decline in Samsung smartphone sales was likely due to buyers anticipating the April 21 release of the new Samsung Galaxy S8. We expect to have launch results for the S8 within the next 60 days. We should also learn if the S8 will overcome Samsung's troubles with the Note 7, and whether the S8 will push the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus out of the top-selling spot."

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Smartphone OS Sales Share (%)              
Germany 3 m/e Mar '16  3 m/e Mar '17  % pt. Change    USA 3 m/e Mar '16  3 m/e Mar '17  % pt. Change 
  Android 76.2   77.7   1.5       Android 63.4   59.2   -4.2  
  iOS 17.7   18.5   0.8       iOS 33.7   38.9   5.2  
  Windows 4.9   3.3   -1.6       Windows 2.7   1.7   -1.0  
  Other 1.2   0.5   -0.7       Other 0.1   0.2   0.1  
GB 3 m/e Mar '16  3 m/e Mar '17  % pt. Change    China 3 m/e Mar '16  3 m/e Mar '17  % pt. Change 
  Android 58.8   57.2   -1.6       Android 78.1   87.2   9.1  
  iOS 34.8   40.4   5.6       iOS 21.0   12.4   -8.6  
  Windows 6.2   1.9   -4.3       Windows 0.5   0.2   -0.3  
  Other 0.2   0.5   0.3       Other 0.4   0.2   -0.2  
France 3 m/e Mar '16  3 m/e Mar '17  % pt. Change    Australia 3 m/e Mar '16  3 m/e Mar '17  % pt. Change 
  Android 74.4   75.6   1.2       Android 60.1   59.8   -0.3  
  iOS 19.9   22.4   2.5       iOS 35.3   39.1   3.8  
  Windows 5   1.6   -3.4       Windows 3.7   0.6   -3.1  
  Other 0.7   0.3   -0.4       Other 0.9   0.5   -0.4  
Italy 3 m/e Mar '16  3 m/e Mar '17  % pt. Change    Japan 3 m/e Mar '16  3 m/e Mar '17  % pt. Change 
  Android 78.3   80.1   1.8       Android 51.7   53.1   1.4  
  iOS 14.8   14.9   0.1       iOS 46.8   45.1   -1.7  
  Windows 6.3   4   -2.3       Windows 0.5   1.2   0.7  
  Other 0.6   1.1   0.5       Other 1   0.5   -0.5  
Spain 3 m/e Mar '16  3 m/e Mar '17  % pt. Change    EU5 3 m/e Mar '16  3 m/e Mar '17  % pt. Change 
  Android 92.9   91.4   -1.5       Android 75.6   76.3   0.7  
  iOS 6.4   8.1   1.7       iOS 18.9   20.7   1.9  
  Windows 0.6   0.4   -0.2       Windows 4.9   2.4   -2.4  
  Other 0   0   0.0       Other 0.6   0.5   -0.1  
                             

To read Lauren Guenveur's latest blog, visit:
https://www.kantarworldpanel.com/global/news/Focus-on-India-Smartphone-Market-Analysis

About Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's Smartphone OS Market Share Data

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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