Android smartphones grab 95% of 2013 sales in South Korea

Only five percent of smartphones sold in South Korea last year adopted mobile operating systems other than the “Android.” Sales of Android-powered smartphones came to 24.9 million units last year, comprising 94.8 percent of total sales in the Korean market, the US market consultancy Strategy Analytics (SA) said Thursday. This is the highest share since 2010 when Android smartphones were put on sale in the domestic market.

Smartphones running the Android accounted for the biggest 59.1 percent share in 2010, their debut year, and boosted their share steadily from 78.4 percent in 2011 to 91.4 percent in 2012. In contrast, sales of the Apple’s “iOS”-powered “iPhone” took up 28.2 percent in 2009, its first year, but has gradually shed share to 4.2 percent last year. But the Android is likely to lose ground from this year, SA said.

SA forecast Android smartphones would consistently lose their share to 81.7 percent by 2018.

Source: Maeil Business.


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