By December 2013, 798 million Android smartphones are expected to be active; Apple’s iPhone will have 294 million active units.
According to an ABI study, it believes 1.4 billion smartphones will be in use before 2014 with an annual smartphone growth rate of 44 percent in 2013. Comparatively, 2012 had a growth rate of 45 percent. ABI also foresees 20 million BlackBerry 10 phones being active, as well as 45 million active Windows Phone units.
The outcome of the aforementioned growth rate, coupled by the growth of Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10, results in a global customer market share of 57 percent for Android, 21 percent for iOS and 3 percent for Microsoft's Windows Phone. In comparison, Android dominated the global Q3 2012 market with a 72.4 percent share that was continued during Q4.
Android and iOS accounted for 92 percent of worldwide smartphone shipments during 2012's Q4. Android shipped 152.1 million smartphones, while the iPhone shipped 47.8 million units. During 2012, 1.6 billion phones were shipped, of which 700 million were smartphones.
During September 2012, Android reached over 500 million activations, with 1.3 million Android-powered devices being activated per day. Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt believes 2013 will see that figure exceed the 1 billion mark.
"2013 should be seen as relative success for both Microsoft and BlackBerry," said analyst Aapo Markkanen. "For the end of the year, we expect there to be 45 million Windows Phone handsets in use, with BlackBerry 10 holding an installed base of close to 20 million. Microsoft will also have 5.5 million Windows-powered tablets to show for it."
Markkanen believes that tablets will experience growth of 125 percent, which will see 268 million tablets being active at year-end. The analyst expects 62 percent to be the iPad, with 28 percent of tablets having Android installed.