iPhone loses market share in Europe as Android surges
Apple's iPhone is not faring well in two large markets: Western Europe and India.
Apple lost market share to Android in Western Europe, according to market researcher IDC.
Market trends in Western Europe are not looking good for Apple's iPhone. "Apple's iOS continues to lose ground as market share declined to 20% from 25% in 1Q12 [first quarter 2012]," IDC said Tuesday.
Android, meanwhile, is gaining operating system market share, up 14 percent year-to-year in the first quarter. "Android continues to dominate the smartphone landscape," according to IDC.
In the quarter, Google's OS shipped 21.9 million units and market share increased to 69 percent in the first quarter of 2013 from 55 percent in last years' first quarter.
Overall, the Western European economies contracted, according to IDC. "Most Western European countries experienced a slowdown in smartphone sales as economies deteriorated, with a consequent decline in disposable income for consumers."
IDC also released a report last week on smartphone market share in the India, where Apple struggles to remain relevant.
Apple got knocked out of the top five smartphone vendors in India in unit shipments, according to a report, citing first-quarter numbers from IDC.
Android dominated the Indian smartphone market with a 90 percent share, driven by sales in the low end segment, according to the report.