Android Switchers Drive iOS Adoption in Europe During First Quarter

Kantar Worldpanel has released new smartphone operating system market share data for the first quarter of 2015, providing a regional breakdown of Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and other mobile platform adoption in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, China, Japan, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico during the three-month period ending March.

Kantar Q1 15 USA
Android continued to have the highest market share among mobile platforms worldwide, as expected, although the continued success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus helped drive iOS adoption higher in the first quarter. Kantar Worldpanel claims that 32.4% of Apple’s new customers in the five big European countries surveyed switched to iOS from Android during the first three months of the year.


The regional breakdown for each platform per country:

United States:
  • Android: 58.1%
  • iOS: 36.5%
  • Windows Phone: 4.3%
  • BlackBerry: 0.4%
Australia:
  • Android: 52.3%
  • iOS: 38.4%
  • Windows Phone: 7.3%
  • BlackBerry: 1.6%
United Kingdom:
  • Android: 52.9%
  • iOS: 38.1%
  • Windows Phone: 8%
  • BlackBerry: 0.7%
France:
  • Android: 64.6%
  • iOS: 19.4%
  • Windows Phone: 14.1%
  • BlackBerry: 1%

Germany:
  • Android: 71.3%
  • iOS: 18.3%
  • Windows Phone: 8.7%
  • BlackBerry: 0.8%
Spain:
  • Android: 89.9%
  • iOS: 7%
  • Windows Phone: 2.8%
  • BlackBerry: 0.2%
Italy:
  • Android: 66.2%
  • iOS: 17.5%
  • Windows Phone: 14.4%
  • BlackBerry: 1.3%
China:
  • Android: 72%
  • iOS: 26.1%
  • Windows Phone: 1.2%
  • BlackBerry: 0%
Japan:
  • Android: 52.3%
  • iOS: 45.1%
  • Windows Phone: 0.4%
  • BlackBerry: 0.7%
Argentina:
  • Android: 81.6%
  • iOS: 2.4%
  • Windows Phone: 10.7%
  • BlackBerry: 1.9%
Brazil:
  • Android: 89.6%
  • iOS: 3.3%
  • Windows Phone: 6.3%
  • BlackBerry: 0.2%
Mexico:
  • Android: 85.1%
  • iOS: 6%
  • Windows Phone: 4.7%
  • BlackBerry: 2.9%
Last week, Strategy Analytics released global smartphone data that placed Samsung as the world's largest smartphone maker during the first quarter of 2015. Market research firm IDC then followed up with worldwide tablet data for the quarter a day later, revealing that the iPad continues to be the best-selling device in a declining tablet market.



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26 months ago
This is why Japanese are so smart ...
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26 months ago
these 7 % in Spain account for stolen iPhones from tourists by the way. just kidding ... or maybe not ;)
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26 months ago
Really quite amazing that Apple can make one/two phones a year and that competes with the hundreds and thousands of Android phones created year on year.

Good Game Apple.
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26 months ago
I have 3 tablets, but only 1 phone.

I have an iPad Mini Retina, an nVidia Shield, and an ASUS Vevo NoteTab 8. As far as I know each one is considered a best in class device for the OS they run. I respect them all and use them all.

When I am working, I trust my iPad implicitly. I teach Information Security. I am a student and write papers. My iPad coupled with a clamshell replaced my laptop last year.

When I am playing (experimenting or games) I use the Android. Its Linux base makes it a powerful ally. I am enjoying it as a console replacement. If Steam used Android as its base, my shield devices would be the ultimate for entertainment.

When I am watching movies I like to watch them on the Asus. Most of my movies are iTunes based. I installed iTunes for Windows and watch on it as opposed to my iPad because the screen format matches the video format.

I would not change any of the three of them.

Market share is irrelevant. I have three different devices. And I enjoy them all. Market share does not change their value.

I have an iPhone though. Android is good for games, and I like it for that. Windows is good for compatibility to enterprise systems, it does a great job. But when I need to depend on a system, and get work done...

It's an Apple every time.
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26 months ago

I would say that all of these countries are in the "emerging market" category. And Apple has not had as much traction in those areas. Clearly cost is a driver there which makes Apple less attractive. Size also matters because often the phone is the only "computer." that someone will have access to.

The new sizes for Apple helps, but only in later years where the older models become available in the secondary market.

Considering that Germany also has an Android marketshare above 70% AND is among the wealthiest nations...that whole argument does loose some traction...
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26 months ago
Fascinating Trends

It is so fascinating scrolling through the interactive chart. Most of the year Android dominates the market and overtakes every other platform. But then, ever September, Apple announces their new phone, and in a matter of two months it not only meets the massive lead Android had, but it dramatically overtakes it.
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26 months ago

I would say that all of these countries are in the "emerging market" category.


Spain emerging market? What?
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26 months ago

So I take it that there are almost no wealthy people in Spain, Argentina, Brazil, or Mexico? :D


How do you explain the figures for Germany?

I always find this perception amusing - I'm an electrical engineer at a large consulting firm and I'd say 80% of my fellow engineers (all of whom make very good wages) use Android phones. I walk into a McDonalds and 3 out of 4 kids working behind the counter have the latest and greatest iPhone - priorities I suppose.

Another item that plays into the Android adoption in foreign countries is the fact that carriers are less likely to lure their clientele into lengthy contracts by subsidizing their phones. Those people want to buy practical, unlocked, GSM phones that they can pop a SIM card into and not have to screw around with carrier locked devices.

Either way, both iOS and Android are very functional systems when comparing hardware of similar ability. In fact, the new Android flagships cost just as much, if not more, than the iPhone.
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26 months ago

Android continued to have the highest market share among mobile platforms worldwide, as expected, although the continued success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus helped drive iOS adoption higher in the first quarter.


Yep, as expected.

Kantar Worldpanel claims that 32.4% of Apple's new customers in the five big European countries surveyed switched to iOS from Android during the first three months of the year.


So it looks like the average was about a 3% switch to iOS because of the larger phones. And Kantar says 1/3 of those new customers came from Android. So basically about 1% of Apple's total customers came from ex-Android users. Not a huge number. Maybe 300K people in the UK, for instance.

So I take it that there are almost no wealthy people in Spain, Argentina, Brazil, or Mexico? :D


In the countries where high end phones sell best, such as the USA, buyers often spend $200 or less upfront. In some places, almost nothing. But that doesn't necessarily mean they're poor.

Subsidies are a key factor. Even rich countries avoid the iPhone without them. (See Japan example at bottom.)

Rich or poor, people around the world tend to spend $250 or less upfront for a phone. It's not about the total cost over time, it's the upfront layout that matters.



Another factor is that today, a $250-total-price smartphone is often actually a pretty nice device, with large screen and good capabilities. It isn't necessary to spend $650 for a good smartphone any more.

This is why Japanese are so smart ...


Yes. When the iPhone was first introduced in Japan, it sold extremely poorly. Like most countries without a subsidy, it only got to around 10% of the market.

Then the Japanese carriers started basically giving them away for free with a contract. Instantly iPhone adoption jumped like crazy.
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26 months ago

So I take it that there are almost no wealthy people in Spain, Argentina, Brazil, or Mexico? :D


Or you could argue they are just very smart. :D

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Google and the Android OEMs should be absolutely embarrassed that a high end device from one manufacturer has so much market share.

I mean seriously you're selling $50 phones off contract, there are dozens of you, and you outspend Apple in marketing by a country mile. What the heck is wrong in Android land?


Speaks volumes about the society in which we live. We care more about peer pressure and perception then the suitability of the product we are using. Well at least some do.

Hopefully one learns as one gets older.
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