IDC: Windows Phone sees largest year-over-year increase, Android still dominates

Summary:Windows Phone now has the third spot and is showing they intend to secure it and challenge Apple's iOS in the coming years.

IDC: Windows Phone sees largest year-over-year increase, Android still dominates
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Last week IDC issued their Q2 2013 report for mobile phone hardware and today we received the report breaking down the figures for mobile operating systems. As you can see in the table below, Android continues it domination of the market with a 10 percent gain compared to 2012.

The IDC report shows Android with a whopping 79.3 percent of the market, iOS at 13.2 percent, Windows Phone at 3.7 percent, and BlackBerry at 2.9 percent. Readers know I am a major Windows Phone fan , but it looks like I put too much faith in BlackBerry back in February when I said BlackBerry 10 would turn things around and help BlackBerry secure that third spot. Windows Phone is on the rise, largest year-over-year increase among top five platforms, and I now think it will stay ahead of BlackBerry and may even pass up the iPhone as predicted by some. It is still early for BB10, so we will have to see how things shake out at the end of the year.

I still consider the best smartphone I have ever used , but see they don't even show up in the top five Android manufacturer list. The top five Android vendors are Samsung, LG, Lenovo, Huawei, and ZTE. HTC is included in the broad Others category, which does make up 37.5 percent of the market.


As expected, Nokia clearly dominates the Windows Phone world with 81.6 percent of the market. Samsung, HTC, and Huawei follow far behind. To get all the benefits of Windows Phone, you really should buy a Nokia device and you can find one across the entire price spectrum .

Topics: Mobility, iPhone, Microsoft, Samsung, Smartphones, Windows


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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