The last few months have been pretty good for the Windows Phone ecosystem. There have been some great devices announced by Nokia and other OEMs, more and more popular apps coming to the Windows Phone Store, and more than one research agency testifying the growth.
A couple of days back, we posted about the latest IDC report which pegged the year-over-year growth of Windows Phone for the third quarter of 2013 to 156%.
Now, the latest Gartner report for the same period picks Microsoft as the winner of this quarter. According to the report, while Android surpassed 80 percent market share, which helped extend its leading position, Windows Phone grew by 123%. Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner, commented on the report:
“Microsoft announced the intent to acquire Nokia’s devices and services business, which we believe will unify effort and help drive appeal of Windows ecosystem.”
Incidentally, Nokia also did better than anticipated in the quarter as Lumia and Asha devices helped the company sell 63 million mobile phones. Increased smartphone sales supported by an expanded Lumia portfolio, helped Nokia move up to the No. 8 spot in the global smartphone market.
According to the report, the smartphones sales accounted for the 55% of the overall 455.6 million mobile phone units sold in the quarter, an increase of 5.7% from the same period last year. For more details about the market share from operating system or mobile vendor perspective, check out the summary of the report here.