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iOS loses market share in April as Android – and BlackBerry! – gain

Published May 1st, 2014 1:36PM EDT
Smartphone Market Share April
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Apple might have kept iPhone sales surprisingly strong in the March quarter this year, but things might be starting to cool off now that it has been six months since Apple last released a new iOS device.

According to Net Applications, which measures global market share by monitoring traffic across its various networks, Apple’s combined iPhone and iPad market share dipped to 51.11% in April from 53.29% in March. The drop-off in iOS usage made Apple the biggest loser of the month, with only Symbian having also lost share.

Meanwhile Android gained more than a point in April to climb to 37.75% from 36.58% in the prior month. Even BlackBerry showed a slight gain in April, inching up to 1.20% from 1.13% in March.

Apple isn’t expected to launch any new iPhone or iPad models until September at the earliest, so Android (and BlackBerry!) will have plenty of time to gain ground ahead of the fall season. Come September, Apple is expected to begin launching a number of new devices including a 4.7-inch iPhone 6, a 5.5-inch iPhone phablet and new iPad Air and iPad mini models with updates specs and Touch ID fingerprint scanners.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.