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Android Will Remain the King of Mobile for At Least 4 More Years

A new report from IDC indicates that after a 0.3 percent decline in 2017, the smartphone market is likely to drop again this year, before eventually returning to growth in 2019.

Specifically, this means that 1.462 billion smartphones will be sold this year, down from 1.465 billion in 2017 and 1.469 billion in 2016. Next year, the entire market is projected to record a 3 percent growth and then increase gradually until eventually reaching 1.654 billion units in 2022.

An in-depth analysis of the expected performance of Android and iOS reveals that Google’s mobile operating system will continue to rule the market, while Apple will maintain nearly the same level as this year, with a small improvement thanks to new iPhone generations.

“There is no question that Android is the OS of choice for the mass market and nothing leads us to believe this will change,” IDC explains.

“IDC estimates that 98% of Android phones will ship with screens larger than 5 inches by 2022, with 36% being 6 inches or larger. While some of this will remain premium flagship models, the aggregate ASP of Android phones with a 6-inch screen or greater by 2022 is projected to be $414.”

2018 iPhones to generate bigger sales
Apple’s iOS is expected to post a 2.6% increase this year alone, mostly thanks to the debut of new iPhone models. Apple will take the wraps off three different iPhones this year, including a low-cost version that should help increase sales substantially, possibly pushing the company towards the $1 trillion milestone that it’s projected to achieve in the coming years.

The good news for Apple is that iPhones with bigger screens will become the best-selling models in its lineup, and IDC estimates that this year’s generation should help ramp up volumes substantially, eventually accounting for 36% of all units shipped by 2022.

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