Google's Android operating system has a massive 85 percent of the smartphone market, according to Strategy Analytics, which said this growth has come at the expense of rivals Apple, BlackBerry and Microsoft.
As the number of smartphone shipments have grown, so has the share of those that run the Google operating system. However, the analysts said that a slowdown can be seen in the market, and that globally growth is at its lowest since 2009.
"Global smartphone shipments grew 27 percent annually from 233 million units in Q2 2013 to 295.2 million in Q2 2014," said Linda Sui, director at Strategy Analytics.
Sui said that growth has slowed by a half, and is now at a 27 percent increase rate. Last year it was just shy of 50 percent.
"We estimate worldwide smartphone growth has halved during the past year, from 49 percent a year ago to 27 percent today," she added.
"Global smartphone growth in the current quarter is at its lowest level for five years, and there are wide variations by region. For example, Africa and Asia are booming, while North America and Europe are maturing."
In the last quarter Android increased its marketshare by about four percent, rising from 80 percent to just under 85 percent. Apple iOS share dropped from 13.4 percent to 11.9 percent, Microsoft from 3.8 percent to 2.7 percent, and BlackBerry went from 2.6 percent to just 0.6 percent.
"Like the PC market, Android is on the verge of turning smartphone platforms into a one-horse race. Its low-cost services and user-friendly software remain wildly attractive to hardware makers, operators and consumers worldwide," added Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics.
Rival OS vendors are going to have to do something revolutionary to overturn Android's huge lead in smartphone shipments.
Apple's push into the big-screen phablet market and Firefox's expansion into the ultra-low-cost smartphone market later this year are the only major threats to Android's continued growth at this stage."
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