IDC: Android up to 75 percent smartphone share

IDC: Android up to 75 percent smartphone share
According to a new IDC report, Android now accounts for 75 percent share of the smartphone market.

For the Q1, IDC says Android and Apple shipped 199.5 million handhelds, up 59 percent year-over-year.

Combined, Android and iOS control 92.3 percent share of smartphone operating systems, leaving very little room for competition from BlackBerry and Windows Phone.

The news was not all bad for Microsoft, however, as Windows Phone surpassed BlackBerry during the quarter, shipping 7 million units good for 3.2 percent share. BlackBerry fell to 4th with 6.3 million shipments and 2.9 percent market share. WP saw 133 percent growth year-over-year, beating out all other OS.

Nokia shipped 79 percent of the Windows Phone devices during the quarter, with HTC accounting for most of the rest.

"Windows Phone claiming the third spot is a first and helps validate the direction taken by Microsoft and key partner Nokia," added IDC senior research analyst Kevin Restivo. "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."

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 16 May 2013 23:29
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