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:
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.
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?
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Also, about time WP crashed the party!
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Not supporting google or anyone making money off of it.
Please 20million WP users quit google search, use whatever search you want, Bing prefered. The number will grow.
In the uk bing doesn't have any of that and is massively inferior (to it's us version)
Microsoft need to sort that out!
But, after quite a while, I've finally started taking advantage of the search button for quick access to music search (via sound) QR codes etc
I've also found that searching within the bing app can sometimes take longer than going to google on IE and searching for what I am looking for
As your searches get more details and specific, no way you can rely on bing, it is pretty bad.
Bing's got a long way to even sniffing google.
Yes, the commercials can show searches for tacos, great, i dont search for tacos or anything that general and generic. Bing may look nice, but if you need to rely on it for detailed searched, goodluck
google's attitude is just plain silly.
Yay for WP 133% growth, hope it continues for years to come, soon we will crash Android, just like MS did in other fields, they might be late to the game but they always win.
Windows Phone is such a refreshing difference.It's much easier to be satisfied with the way the tiles are displayed. I even temporarily pin contacts, music, trainstations and notes. Something I would never imagine doing on Android as it would destroy the whole lay out. On WP you unpin them and the other tiles fill nicely. The tile lay out always remains beautiful looking.
What I see never annoys me because its a reflection of me. My friends, my work, my movies, my music, my notes, my rides, etc. Its always in motion as new tiles are pinned and others are unpinned. So I guess I stil do weekly redesigns only now it comes naturally as I'm being productive and the startscreen simply reflects that.
Just by thinking about this I've gained new love for WP. Go WP!!
I'd have my clock widget and data one and delete the rest....
I have the exact same on my WP8 except they're bouncing around which looks cool :)
The interesting number here is the year-over-year change of 133% vs Apple's 6%.
Wpcentral rank among mobile nations empire?
Isheep should keep the Imore site with plenty of hits
Android army should be huge.
WP -- 133.3%
BB -- -35.1%
WP gained more year over year than BB's decline.
I remember the time, PDA time, when Palm dominated and MS did not exist, the time when MS WM OS had 50% of the market etc. Nowadays the market is moving so fast that it is impossible to make predictions two or three years ahead.
Eat that LARRY
After watching I/O I am seeing a lot of compelling reasons to make the switch to Google.
Now chances are I won't. :) I love the OS more then Android and my camera phone is way better then any Android phone as well but MS needs to roll out some serious infastructure while making it seamless, painless, and efficient. We still don't have Xbox Video yet. Pathetic.
Well let's hope for some serious awesome WP8.1 update but as per usual I'll probably be let down... but stick it out anyway. :)
Now here I am ready to switch and I see all this stuff coming out of the I/O and I'm thinking..maybe it's time to switch to Google?
BUT I want WP to succeed! Consumers need a viable 3rd OS...and frankly I think Android is ugly. As a reference I've tried so many phones out. Every iPhone, the HTC Trophy, Droid Bionic, and VZW Galaxy Nexus.
Oh wait.. Cant say it here! ;)
Also Lumia 928 , 925 for US markets
So the 0.3% lead is surprisingly small, and i suspect very short lived.
But the one I find most encouraging comes from the most recent Kantar World Panel report. Yes, according to Kantar WP accounted for 5.6% of devices sold by US carriers during the three months ending March 13, 2013, but the real stuuner (to me anyway) is that the Verizon share of WP rose from 0.2% to 5.3% Year on Year. That was with just the HTC 8X, Lumia 822 and Samsung ATIV Odyssey. Now with a new flagship in the Lumia 928, I can only see that share rising.
Also T-Mobile has the Flagship 925 and budget-Android-busting 521 in their stable, and Sprint will be getting two (most likely lackluster, but it's a start) WP 8 devices this summer.
It will be very interesting to see what Nokia has in store for the next iteration of Lumia most likely to release for the holiday season. IF, and it's a big IF, they can get more universal carrier distribution, Windows Phone could be well on it's way to double-digit marketshare.
My fear was that Blackberry was going to steal WP's thunder, especially with all the buzz that had been going. I'm relieved to see that hasn't happened.
back in the android phone days, GOD knows how many sin I've made.
Samsung ATIV S on T-Mobile.
It has to constantly upgrade and add capabilities to Windows Phone, and match Google, update for update. iOS can afford to be more liesuraly.
-get Xbox video working
-fix media and phone sync with a unified solution, not a patchwork of various software
-independent volume controls
-notification center (if you don't want it, you dont need to use it, but most need it)
-allow third party browsers, like Opera, Firefox and Chrome in the WP store.
-make the OS more open to developers, and further incentivize app development.
-and on, and on....
Yes, shipments are up, but no, actual share is still below Blackberry but not by that much.
The facts are, that in order to stay competitive, Microsoft can't afford to wait for one big update a year for their mobile OS. For a smart phone OS, it's still missing capabilities absent from many feature phones, never mind its own past Windows Mobile or even years old Symbian devices I owned.
I've been hearing about this whole unification of Microsoft services and products since WP7, and yet, where is it? I'm thinking it's just a bullet point executives at Microsoft use in Power Point presentations, but there's no execution.
Cut The Rope got a massive update just now. Shit is bad ass.
Windows Phone did ship more phones than BlackBerry between January 1 and March 30th, 2013. True. A victory to be proud of.
Windows Phone does not have more active users than BlackBerry and therefore is not the third most popularly used OS. There are 76 million BlackBerry users as of last quarter. Windows Phone is dominated by Nokia, which has shipped 19.9 million devices since it started on Windows Phone. At best, there are 22 million Windows Phones in use.
There's a distinction ....