Android, iOS share 92.3% of smartphone market: IDC

Meanwhile Windows Phone leapfrogs BlackBerry, according to Q1 tracker report

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Android, iOS share 92.3% of smartphone market: IDC Google and Apple now share 92.3% of the smartphone market, according to IDC figures.
By  Stephen McBride Published  May 19, 2013

Android and iOS, the top two ranked smartphone operating systems worldwide, accounted for a combined 92.3% of all smartphone shipments in the first quarter of 2013, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report also showed that Windows Phone overtook BlackBerry to claim third place.

Android smartphone vendors and Apple shipped a total of 199.5m units worldwide during the quarter, up 59.1% from the 125.4m units shipped during the same period in 2012.

"Underpinning the worldwide smartphone market is the constantly shifting operating system landscape," noted Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team. "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 am units shipped in its first quarter of availability."

"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 alterative to Android or iOS."

Android remains the leader in the smartphone OS market, increasing its market share despite the seasonality working against the entire smartphone market in the first quarter. Samsung was once again the clear leader among all Android smartphone vendors, commanding 41.1% market share. Following Samsung was a long list of vendors with single-digit market share, and an even longer list of vendors with market share less than 1%. The intra-Android competition has not stifled companies from keeping Android as the cornerstone of their respective smartphone strategies, but has upped the ante to innovate proprietary experiences.

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