Although its iPhone shipments bested analysts’ expectations in the second quarter, it appears that Apple will face increasing pressure from Android and competing operating systems in Q3.
According to our latest insights, two out of five (39%) of those in the market for a smartphone this quarter (July, August, September 2013) are considering Apple, down two points from Q2. Meanwhile, the majority (56%) of those in the near-term market for a device are looking at Android (likely propelled by the spring launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4), widening the disparity between the two operating systems from 32% last quarter to a present 42%. While Android and Apple remain the two OS titans of this arena, mobile consideration sets continue to expand with a rising proportion investigating BlackBerry (18%) and Windows (25%) offerings as well, suggesting that an increasing number of consumers have expanded their vocabularies beyond the typical “Apple or Android?” quandary. Score one for the underdogs. Continue reading