Windows Phone overtakes Blackberry – Android and iOS still dominant

May 20 | Posted by nadine | OS News Tags: , , , , , , ,

According to figures from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Microsoft’s Windows Phone (OS running on handsets such as the Nokia Lumia 925) has overtaken Blackberry. However, Android (OS running on handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S4) and iOS (OS running the Apple iPhone 5) are still the dominant operating systems in the smartphone market for Q1 2013.windows-phone-logo

Android dominates the smartphone market, followed by iOS. Windows Phone is now at third place, with Blackberry at fourth.

Research manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team, Ramon Llamas, said, “Underpinning the worldwide smartphone market is the constantly shifting operating system landscape. Android and iOS accounted for more than the lion’s share of smartphones in the first quarter, but a closer examination of the other platforms reveals turnaround and demand for alternatives. Windows Phone has benefited from Nokia’s participation, and BlackBerry’s new BB10 devices have already hit a million units shipped in its first quarter of availability.”

Senior research analyst with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Kevin Restivo, said, “Windows Phone claiming the third spot is a first and helps validate the direction taken by Microsoft and key partner Nokia Given the relatively low volume generated, the Windows Phone camp will need to show further gains to solidify its status as an alterative to Android or iOS.”

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