The latest report from Strategy Analytics finds that Android had an 85 percent share of the worldwide smartphone market in the second quarter. “In higher end segment, Apple is still the leader but volume is much lower than Android in mass market,” Strategy Analytics analyst Linda Sui said. “Samsung and LG are the top two Android players in premium tier segment, but I don’t think they can challenge Apple’s position in this segment in the short term.” Windows Phone’s market share fell from 4 percent last year to 3 percent this year, and BlackBerry declined from 2 percent to 1 percent.
Overall, manufacturers shipped 295 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2014. That represents a 27 percent growth rate, down from 49 percent last year.