December 17, 2009: Apple lastly triumphs over longtime rival Microsoft … on cell working techniques market share.
Figures launched by analysis agency Comscore present that iPhone OS (as iOS is named on the time) surpasses Home windows Cellular in america. On the time, roughly 36 million People personal smartphones. Of those, 1 / 4 run Apple’s cell working system.
Cellphones mark a turning level in tech
The undisputed chief on the time was Analysis in Movement’s BlackBerry working system, discovered on 40% of U.S. handsets. Apple got here in second. Microsoft took third, adopted by Palm OS, then Symbian and (in final place) Google’s Android working system.
In some methods, these adoption figures represented a turning level in tech. On the time, Microsoft led Apple by way of market valuation, though clearly issues have been altering quick. Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer laughed on the iPhone, which he slated as a non-serious competitor to his firm’s Home windows Cellular.
However by the next Could, Apple overtook Microsoft in market capitalization, surpassing the tech big that dominated Cupertino through the earlier decade. By the top of 2010, Microsoft dropped its Home windows Cellular working system in favor of Home windows Telephone OS.
The lengthy checklist of rival cell working techniques from 2009 additionally sheds gentle on how a lot issues modified within the years since. BlackBerry, then the business chief, has turn into an afterthought. Palm OS and Symbian have been discontinued. Apart from iOS, the one different cell working system to flourish is Android.
Cellular working techniques evolve
Figures from November 2022 present that present U.S. smartphone working system adoption breaks down like this: iOS runs on 55.7% of units and Android on 43.9%. Android does higher internationally, claiming 71.9% of the market versus Apple’s 27.5%, because of the widespread adoption of less-expensive smartphones world wide. In every single place, opponents to iOS and Android command negligible slivers that characterize lower than 1% of the market.
Issues certain have modified up to now decade or so.
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