Android and iOS combined accounted for a whopping 96.3% of all smartphone shipments worldwide in 2014. Android is on the top with 81.5% of the market, where iOS lacks behind with 14.8% only.
2014 Market Share
Ramon Llamas, Research Manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team, said - "Many of the same drivers were in play for Android and iOS to tighten their grip on the market, A combination of strong end-user demand, refreshed product portfolios, and the availability of low-cost devices particularly for Android drove volumes higher."
It's expected that Google's own OS will continue growing with more Android-powered device are released into the markets (Smartphones, Tablets, TVs, Smartwatches, Gaming consoles... etc).
LG has just announced plans to roll out android 4.0 Jelly Bean update to the Optimus G globally this month. According to a press release today by LG. The first country to receive the upgrade will be Singapore "at the end of January," then slowly work their way through the other countries with LTE networks.
Back in November, the Optimus G landed in the states, along with Canada, Korea and Japan. Since then LG has sold over 1 million units. That number still lags when comparing against the 10 million Galaxy Note 2s sold or the 2 million iPhone 5 pre-orders seen in 24 hours, but it's still a phone worthy of a global stage.
There's no official date on when Canada will get graced with Jelly Bean, but you can bank on it hitting Rogers, Bell, TELUS and SaskTel with the promised Q2 timing.
SEOUL, Jan. 22, 2013 - The Optimus G, LG's most premium and powerful 4G LTE smartphone, will begin its global roll-out into over 50 countries this month. The Optimus G has already been launched in the United States, Canada, Korea and Japan to very favorable reviews and LG is aiming to build on the excitement already generated to launch the device in other LTE markets.
"As 4G LTE availability expands on a global scale, we will leverage our strong LTE technology and expertise to offer consumers the best 4G experience through our devices," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "With the latest Jelly Bean OS and improved software, Optimus G will make a strong case for the title of ultimate premium 4G LTE smartphone."
Since the launch of Optimus G last September, the smartphone has been enthusiastically received by audiences as one of the most advanced 4G LTE devices currently available. Optimus G has been receiving accolades from consumers and industry thought leaders alike for its powerful performance and thoughtful user experience. Optimus G's unrivaled power originates from its innovative hardware design which includes Qualcomm's advanced SnapdragonTM S4 Pro Quad-Core processor. The device also delivers blazing fast data transfer speeds using today's 4G LTE telecommunication network.
"LG's long history of LTE know-how is evident in the DNA of the Optimus G," said Dr. Park. "As such, we hope consumers will take a deep, hard look at Optimus G when deciding which smartphone will give them the best 4G experience."
The Optimus G will be available starting at the end of January in Singapore followed by other markets worldwide offering 4G LTE service.
LG Electronics Inc. said Friday it has sold more than 1 million Optimus G smartphones worldwide since the flagship device's launch last year.
The milestone comes roughly four months after the South Korean handset manufacturer unveiled the 4.7-inch display phone that runs on Qualcomm Inc's Snapdragon S4 processor introduced two premium smartphones, the LG Optimus G and the LG Optimus Vu.
The company has released the Optimus G in Canada, Japan, South Korea and the United States and plans to release the device in China and in several European countries in the first quarter of this year.
In the third quarter, LG sold a record of 7 million smartphones globally, compared with its previous high of 6.2 million. Of the total, roughly 2.1 million were long-term evolution smartphones, according to the company.
Congrats to LG for the milestone.
SamMobile compiled some of the improvements and enhancements on the Galaxy S III that the Android 4.1.2 update has brought about. These new features were mostly lifted from the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which is another one of Samsung's front runners in terms of specs and followers.
Some of the additions to the Galaxy S III are multi-tasking capabilities, page buddy, optimized and better integration with tablets and other smartphones. Also, with the new update, you can customize the notification panel and just how cute is the rotating screen display? The Smart rotation adjusts to your angle of vision.
The global update for the Galaxy S III is also nearing its completion with only a few carriers from some countries remaining. Update your SIII now and enjoy new applications and capabilities using Jelly Bean.
Some of the Enhancements in the new update:
- - Android 4.1.2 - JZO54K
- - Multi-View (Multi-Windows Multitasking, same as in Note II)
- - Page Buddy
- - New Gallery App (Same as in Note II)
- - Notification Panel (Notification Panel can now be customized)
- - Brightness Slider in Notification Panel Can Now Be Disabled
- - Smart Rotation (Screen Display adjusts to your angle of sightings)
- - Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
- - Paper Artist App
- - Group Cast App
Samsung still needs to update countries/carriers to Android 4.1.2 listed below:
- Algeria - TMC
- Bangladesh - TML
- Belgium / Luxemburg - PRO
- Brazil (Claro) - ZTA
- Brazil (TIM) - ZTM
- Brazil (VIVO) - ZVV
- Germany - MBC
- Nepal - NPL
- Panama (Cable & Wireless) - PCW
- Slovakia - TMS
- South Africa - XFA
- South Africa (Vodafone) - XFV
- Sri Lanka - SLK Uruguay - UFU
Based on Samsung Boss JK Shin, the Galaxy S4, Samsung's first 1080p flagship, continues to be a significant success on the market, 40 million units sold. The development in sales has slowed down lower since that time, with around 5 million models been shipped in August.
That's quite a large number for any device that's been available on the market just for around six several weeks, and Samsung is most likely feeling quite happy about this. Obviously, that does not mean the organization has had simple to use, because it has released the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear, and also the Galaxy Round, the very first smartphone having a curved display, previously handful of several weeks, although it remains seen whether success from the Galaxy S4 could be duplicated.