The most current numbers from Strategy Analytics reveal that Apple remained to dominate in global smartphone revenue during the 4th quarter of 2014, catching a record-high 88.7 % share of profit throughout the three-month period finishing December. Apple made quarterly operating revenue of $18.8 billion on iPhone sales, up from $11.4 billion during the 4th quarter of 2013.
‘Global smartphone operating earnings expanded 31 percent every year from US$16.2 billion in Q4 2013 to US$21.2 billion in Q4 2014. Android hardware suppliers incorporated took a record-low 11 percent worldwide smartphone profit share, down from 29 percent one year ago. On the other hand, Apple iOS recorded a record-high 89 percent earnings share, up from 71 percent in Q4 2013.’
Overshadowed by the success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Android suffered a sharp decrease in smartphone earnings as compared to its 29.5 % share in the year-ago quarter. Android made up a record-low 11.3 % share of worldwide profit throughout the fourth quarter based on $2.4 billion in operating earnings. Android had operating earnings of $4.8 billion in the year-ago quarter. BlackBerry, Windows Phone and various other mobile systems tape-recorded zero operating revenue throughout the quarter.
These numbers restate that the mobile phone sector is greatly a two-horse race in between Apple as well as Google, whether it be general platform market share, enterprise market share or mobile phone profit share. Yet if smartphone makers such as Samsung are incapable to make suitable profits based on the Android ecosystem, Technique Analytics suggests that vendors could give more focus on alternatives such as Windows, Tizen or Firefox in the future.