Windows Phone jumps 277% in a year to take 3.2% of smartphone market share

Summary:The latest quarterly figures from Canalys shows that Windows Phone is indeed gaining market share, despite the nearly constant slamming by smartphone critics. Units are selling well and Windows Phone 8 is likely to ignite a fire under the platform in late 2012.

I continue to use a Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone device on AT&T and still believe the platform will get to at least the number three spot soon. According to the latest smartphone data from Canalys, Windows Phone jumped nearly 2% in the last year and has 3.2% of the global market share. This is only 2.2% away from BlackBerry and third place, so with Windows Phone 8 launching later this year it is possible that Windows Phone will move in behind iOS in 2013.

Windows Phone jumps 277% in a year to take 3.2% of smartphone market share

The 1.9% rise to 3.2% over the last year is a 277.3% growth from Q2 2011 to Q2 2012. Android also saw a huge rise of 110.4% from 47.6% of the market share to a huge lead of 68.1%. iOS is at 16.4%, BlackBerry is at 5.4% and Symbian is at 4.1%. In regards to manufacturers, Samsung leads the way with 31%, followed by Apple, Nokia, HTC, and RIM. With a strong London Olympics sponsorship of the Galaxy S III, I am sure we will see Samsung continue to dominate in this market.

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Topics: Mobility, Microsoft, Smartphones


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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