Windows Phone Overtakes Blackberry As Third Platform Worldwide

16 May

Ok, let’s just say I’m a little stoked this morning by the IDC’s report (IDC is an analyst firm for those wondering) that Windows Phone has now overtaken Blackberry to gain the third smartphone spot globally. While 3.2%  worldwide market share might seem minute compared to Android and IOS that still reflects 133.3 % of growth over the same period last year. Blackberry is sitting at 2.9% market share down 35.1% from the same period a year ago.

IDC also had this to say about the Windows Phone platform:

Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year gain among the leading operating systems, more than doubling its size from a year ago. Nokia was largely responsible for driving these volumes higher, accounting for 79.0% of all Windows Phone shipments during the quarter. Since Nokia began shipping Windows Phone devices, the company has shipped a total of 20.3 million units and grown the footprint worldwide to include address multiple market segments. Meanwhile, other vendors continue to offer Windows Phone devices, but mainly as an alternative to their signature Android devices. Still, the gains made by Windows Phone demonstrate both end-user demand and OEM support.”

I firmly believe our beloved platform can only continue to go up from here. There are a number of low to mid range smartphones beginning to flood the worldwide market with Nokia leading the reigns with the Lumia 520, Lumia 521(heading to Tmobile USA), Lumia 620 and the Lumia 720. Let’s not forget the release of the top of the line Nokia Lumia 928 debuting on Verizon today, the Nokia Lumia 925  flagship phone heading to Tmobile possibly June and rumors of upcoming Samsung and HTC phones on Sprint this summer. So, what do you think?

Read the full report here.

Top Five Smartphone Operating Systems, Shipments, and Market Share, 1Q 2013 (Units in Millions)                 

Operating System

1Q13 Shipment Volume

1Q13 Market Share

1Q12 Shipment Volume

1Q12 Market Share

Year over Year Change

Android

162.1

75.0%

90.3

59.1%

79.5%

iOS

37.4

17.3%

35.1

23.0%

6.6%

Windows Phone

7.0

3.2%

3.0

2.0%

133.3%

BlackBerry OS

6.3

2.9%

9.7

6.4%

-35.1%

Linux

2.1

1.0%

3.6

2.4%

-41.7%

Symbian

1.2

0.6%

10.4

6.8%

-88.5%

Others

0.1

0.0%

0.6

0.4%

-83.3%

Total

216.2

100.0%

152.7

100.0%

41.6%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, May 2013.

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