ABI Research: Android smartphone shipments fall for first time in Q4 2014

Certified Android smartphone shipments fell quarter-on-quarter for the first time in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to latest figures from ABI Research. In what is traditionally a shipment spike quarter, certified Android shipments fell from 217 million in the third quarter of 2014 to 206 million in the fourth quarter, mainly due to growth in the number of Apple iOS-based smartphones shipped from 39.3 million to 74.5 million iPhones, but also due to forked Android (software based on existing Android code but then developed into an independent project, such as with Xiaomi). Release