It's official: Windows Phone is the third most popular smartphone OS

It's been almost three years since Windows Phone succeeded Windows Mobile and now Microsoft has managed to take third position from BlackBerry in the global market for Q1 2013 shipments, according to IDC. The gap between the two platforms has been closing in for some time and with Nokia's strong marketing push, Windows Phone is now well on its way to the iOS and Android pool party.

In total, both iOS and Android take 92.3 percent of all smartphone shipments combined, which is a staggering figure. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), Windows Phone has doubled its size from a year ago. Of course, we're looking at Nokia for this trend and the rate as to which Microsoft is climbing the ladder. Here's what Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC's mobile team, had to say:

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

No one here can argue with that summary. Android currently holds 75 percent of the market, while Apple's mobile platform takes 17.3 percent. Windows Phone jumped BlackBerry with 3.2 percent, while the latter lags behind on 2.9 percent. BlackBerry is reported to be making progress, but is still relying on BB7 smartphones for the majority of its shipment volume.

IDC Q1 2013

In other news, Linux fell to 1 percent, but it'll be interesting to see how Firefox and Ubuntu can help provide a boost (if any). Good news for Windows Phone all around. So, now that we're number three, who's brining the champagne to the Windows Phone Central pool party? 

Source: IDC

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

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