Last week, research firm IDC dropped a big bomb on Apple.
Google's smartphone operating system now powers a whopping 80% of devices worldwide. Apple's iOS operating system for iPhones only powers 13% of smartphones. iOS controlled about 16% of the worldwide smartphone market a year ago, according to IDC.
So how did Android, which debuted after the iPhone, get to where it is today. Here's a quick history lesson.Or view as a single page View As Slideshow
Google took a wildly different approach with Android than Apple did with iOS. Any hardware maker can use Android free of charge. Since Android is packed with excellent Google services like Gmail, Google Now, and Google Maps, most of the hard work was already done for manufacturers like Samsung and HTC.
As a result, manufacturers have been able to flood the market with devices. They've also been able to attack the low-end of the market with cheaper phones.
It's analogous to the PC industry. Microsoft's Windows has been able to blow away Apple's desktop OS in market share because any manufacturer can use it.
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