Google Pixel Shipments Doubled in 2017

Google Pixel 2 XL White

According to research from IDC, Google enjoyed a doubling of shipments of their Google Pixel phone lineup in 2017.  In all, the company shipped some 3.9 million units for the year, mostly comprised of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL which were introduced last October.

The figures once again come from IDC’s Francisco Jeronimo who yesterday reported the paltry numbers for Essential.  While the numbers for Google are obviously better, they are still pretty small in the overall smartphone shipments market.

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Only 88,000 Essential Phone Units Shipped in 2017

Essential Phone - Black

In the six months that the Essential Phone was available in 2017, the startup company shipped only 88,000 units and shows that the company, despite its deep Android roots in Andy Rubin, has a long way to go to hit the mainstream.

The figures came from IDC researcher Francisco Jeronimo who posted it on Twitter.

The numbers certainly reflect on what was a difficult birthing process for the company’s first phone.

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IDC Pegs Android Market Share at 85% Globally for Q1 2017

Android N on The Nexus 6

Analyst firm IDC has released their Smartphone OS Market Share report for the first quarter of 2017 and its all looking good for Android.  The report looks at smartphone unit shipments to base the figures and Android for the quarter was on 85% of all units shipped.  That’s up from the 81.4% of the previous quarter (Q4 2016) but still 2.6% below the high water mark of 87.6% in Q2 2016.

The gains for Android came at the expense of Apple’s iOS.  Unit shipments for iPhones dropped to 14.7%, down some 3.5% from Q4 2016, which happened to be the height of its shipments at 18.2%.  The only other mobile platform that was mentioned was Windows Phone in the report.  That all-but dead platform now accounts for .1% of smartphone units sold.

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Windows Phone Market Share Grows Lethargically in 2014

Windows Phone 8 Icon

The analyst firm IDC has released both their 4th Quarter 2014 and total for 2014 Smartphone OS sales figures and it is lethargic at best for Windows Phone.  The “Little OS That Could” had a reasonable 4.2% market share gain over 2013.  On the surface, that’s pretty good but you have to put it into perspective against the likes of Android and iOS.  Android grew some 32% in sales while Apple’s iOS was up 25.6%.  Let’s put it another way:  Android and iOS combined accounted for 96.3% of the total market share while Windows Phone came in at 2.7%.  So the good news is that Windows Phone is a solid 3rd over Blackberry and other mobile OS’.

But oh is there a long way to go to make a dent in the Android/iOS juggernaut.

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