Android Climbs Over Peak, Nabs 84 Percent Share of Smartphone Market

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Just when you thought Android might have peaked in terms of market share, BAM, it rises again. According to the latest data from Strategy Analytics, Android climbed to an 83.6 percent share of the global smartphone market in the third quarter of 2014, up from 81.4 percent during the same quarter a year ago. The continued rise leads one to wonder exactly where the ceiling is for Google's mobile OS.

Android's market share gain came at the expense of every other mobile OS. Here's how it shook out:

iOS: 12.3 percent, down from 13.4 percentMicrosoft: 3.3 percent, down from 4.1 percentBlackBerry: 0.7 percent, down from 1.0 percentOthers: 0.1 percent, down from 0.2 percent

"Android’s leadership of the global smartphone market looks unbeatable at the moment. Its low-cost services and user-friendly software remain attractive to hardware makers, operators and consumers worldwide," Strategy Analystics said. "However, challenges are emerging for Google. The Android platform is getting overcrowded with hundreds of hardware brands, Android smartphone prices are falling worldwide, and few Android device vendors make profits."

The recent launch of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices might prevent Android from repeating a 2.2 percent year-on-year rise, though that remains to be seen. Either way, Android isn't in any danger of losing its market share dominance in the near future.

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