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Android Continues as Leader in Operating System Market

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chike onwuegbuchi

The Android operating system (OS) continues to dominate on a global level, as the International Data Corporation (IDC) said it expects shipments on the platform to slightly outperform the market with 2.3% year-over-year growth in 2017.

In terms of volume, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) continues to lead the way consuming nearly 55% of shipments throughout the forecast period.

Growth at the high end from brands such as OPPO, Vivo, and Huawei have also led to a 17% increase in average selling price (ASP) within the region, showing that the high end has more room to grow.

Android ASP's have also risen in other big markets like Latin America, the United States, and Western Europe.

With many brands opting to push premium phablet offerings to combat the likes of the larger iPhone, devices with screen sizes larger than 5.5 inches should grow 34.5% year over year in 2017 with ASPs growing 9.2% as a result.

iOS: Apple is expected to demonstrate nominal 1.5% year-over-year growth in 2017 despite the steadily growing hype around the September iPhone launch.

This is a considerable improvement from the 7% decline in iPhone shipments in 2016.

From there, things only get better for Apple as IDC anticipates the arrival of the iPhone 8 will spur a major upgrade cycle come 2018.

Despite the new device launching later this year, IDC expects a majority of the shipments are likely to land early in 2018. IDC projects 9.1% growth in 2018 with the iPhone 8 and the new 7S/7S+ models playing a pivotal part in the near double-digit growth next year.

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