CEM4Mobile: Android on Track to Take the Pole Position
ESPOO, Finland, October 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
New Research and a Forecast: iOS Leading, Android and Symbian Head to
Over the past several years Finland’s and the world’s leading supplier
of Mobile Analytics and Customer Experience Management (CEM) for mobile
content and value-added services, CEM4Mobile Solutions, has been monitoring
the different trends in the mobile market. The past year has shown extremely
strong growth for the market share of Android OS based devices when analyzed
from usage of mobile services. Prior to the forthcoming significant product
launches from Nokia, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Google and others, it was
time to revisit and update our research on mobile platform market shares.
The previous research was carried out earlier this year. The research
included data from week 4 / 2010 to week 5 / 2011 by using a sample based on
97 million mobile transaction page loads from Nordic mobile services. The
research analyzed actual mobile traffic collected by CEM4Mobile analytics.
The survey was done and published because reliable market data is essential
for companies developing and distributing mobile services. Further to this,
the insight shed light on how different mobile platforms encourage people to
use mobile services.
Back in February, we predicted that Android will become the market
leader in the Nordic countries. We also forecasted Android to overtake
Symbian in August 2011, and it did for couple of weeks, but Nokia has
managed to resist the decline in its market shares with new handset releases
and improved versions of Symbian. Nevertheless, iOS has managed to obtain
the lead position particularly due to the platform’s high popularity in
Denmark and Sweden leaving Android and Symbian at even market shares in
September. However, all operating systems are in the same ballpark having
28-33% of the market share.
Through all of the competition, Android has shown in the last five
months a strong average market share change increase of 6.16% per month.
This combined with Apple iOS’s slight drop of -1.46% and Symbian’s drop of
-1.70% per month suggest that it won’t be too long before Android climbs to
the top position.
The changes in operating system market shares
This update was based on 21 million transaction sample of mobile
browsing services page loads from May to September 2011 from Nordic
countries. The research revealed that the operating system market shares
have evolved during the last months as follows:
Platform May June July August September Avg. % Change Apple iOS 35 % 35 % 32 % 34 % 33 % -1.46 % Symbian OS 31 % 30 % 29 % 27 % 29 % -1.70 % Android 22 % 24 % 26 % 28 % 28 % 6.16 % Nokia OS 5 % 5 % 5 % 5 % 5 % -0.77 % SonyEricsson 3 % 3 % 3 % 3 % 2 % -5.47 % Samsung OS 2 % 1 % 2 % 1 % 1 % -2.49 %
Table 1. Mobile Operating System Market Shares from Scandinavian Mobile
Browsing Services (Source: CEM4Moible Solutions Ltd. 2011)
The results are showing all platforms are continuing to lose market
share to Android which is showing steady strong growth on mobile services.
Despite the trend, Apple iOS still had a 4% lead on the other platforms as
of September. The graph attached and the article in our blog at
http://www.cem4mobile.com/blog/ depicts the same values visually over the 5
“It remains to be seen how much the unfortunate recent loss of Apple’s
founder Steve Jobs will impact Apple’s performance, how much the recent
patent disputes will slow down the adoption of Android and at which point
Nokia’s and Microsoft’s effort on Windows Phone 7 start impacting the
trends”, comments Janne Aalto, the CEO of CEM4Mobile Solutions Ltd.
Forecast: Android to overtake Symbian in October and Apple iOS in
A forecast was made based on the trend in page loads over the past 5
months from May to August 2011. The average percentage changes for this
period were as follows:
Operating system Change Android OS +6.16% Symbian OS -1.70% Apple iOS -1.46% Nokia OS -0.77% SonyEricsson OS -5.47% Samsung OS -2.49%
If this trend continues unchanged, Android looks set to overtake Symbian
again in October 2011 and Apple iOS by the end of December 2011. Without any
major movements in the OS market, Android will continue to grow towards our
forecast of nearly 38% of the market by the end of Q1 / 2012.
Product information: http://www.cem4mobile.com
Insights to Mobile Analytics and Customer Experience Management:
CEM4Mobile Solutions Ltd is a Finnish world-class expert in Mobile
Analytics and Customer Experience Management (CEM) for mobile content and
value-added services. We provide mobile network and industry vertical
independent CEM4Mobile solution and services for companies large and small,
which develop, produce or distribute mobile services. CEM4Mobile offering
enables companies to measure and analyze data on the interaction between
end-users and mobile services, optimize their business and ensure successful
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