Comparing 7 Brands As Android Crushes Competitors
In the fourth quarter of 2012, market share for Google’s (GOOG) Android increased to 69.7%, up sharply from 51.3% in 2011. The two brands ceding to the ever-ubiquitous Android system are Apple (AAPL) and Blackberry (BBRY). Microsoft (MSFT), along with Nokia (NOK), has the Windows Phone that gained market share. [More tech lists: Short Covering Suggests These Are 4 Technology Stocks To Watch]
If Android dominated in 2012, it would look as though investors could grow skittish for Apple and Blackberry. Investors are already turning sour on shares of Apple. For the one-year period, Apple shares are down around 8%. Long time shareholders need not be worried or upset: Apple was up as much as 20,000% at its peak in 2012.
Apple’s iOS market share declined in Q4 to 20.9%, down from 23.6%. Blackberry’s share dropped from 8.8% to 3.5%, while Microsoft grew from 1.8% to 3%.