Android extends market share lead over iPhone

At least three carriers are issuing a sizable software update to the Samsung Galaxy S4. Sarah Tew/CNET

NEW YORK Apple's iPhone isn't only getting bested by Android-powered devices when it comes to happy customers -- it's also losing ground in sales.

Research firm IDC says the iPhone continued to lose market share to Android phones in the second quarter. IDC says the iPhone remains No. 2 behind Android, even without new Apple products driving purchases. Its market share is expected to grow again when a new iPhone comes out, likely this fall.

"Without a new product launch since the debut of the iPhone 5 nearly a year ago, Apple's market share was vulnerable to product launches from the competition," said Ramon Llamas, a researcher with IDC, in a statement. "But with a new iPhone and revamped iOS coming out later this year, Apple is well-positioned to re-capture market share."

In the April-June period, Android phones accounted for 79 percent of worldwide shipments, up from 69 percent a year ago. The number of Android phones shipped grew nearly 74 percent to 187 million. IDC says shipments of iPhones also grew, by 20 percent to 31 million. But market share fell to 13 percent from nearly 17 percent.

Microsoft's Windows Phone was third in the second quarter, with a nearly 4 percent share, followed by BlackBerry, with almost 3 percent.

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