Android, iOS score 96 percent of smartphone share in Q4 rankings

Meanwhile, BlackBerry is dead and Windows Phone is trampling on its grave. (Or, for the optimists out there, taking its relay baton.)

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Android's gains are BlackBerry's losses, as the Google-developed platform continues to whip the behind of every other player in the space.

As if there was any doubt anyway.

Research firm IDC's latest fourth-quarter rankings show Android, which already has a 78 percent slice of the worldwide smartphone market share rankings grew by more than 40 percent on the same quarter a year earlier, compared to Apple's modest 6 percent growth during the same period.

Combined, Android and Apple's iOS have more than 95 percent of the global share pie for the fourth quarter. 

The reason, according to IDC's Ramon Llamas, is the vast array of Android devices, and conversely a limited range of iPhone smartphones. "Despite these differences, both platforms found a warm reception to their respective user experiences and selection of mobile applications," he said.

Operating System 4Q13 Shipment Volumes 4Q13 Market Share 4Q12 Shipment Volumes 4Q12 Market Share Year-Over-Year Change
Android 226.1 78.10% 161.1 70.30% 40.30%
iOS 51 17.60% 47.8 20.90% 6.70%
Windows Phone 8.8 3.00% 6 2.60% 46.70%
BlackBerry 1.7 0.60% 7.4 3.20% -77.00%
Others 2 0.70% 6.7 2.90% -70.10%
Total 289.6 100% 229 100% 26.50%

The biggest winner outside the top two leaders is Microsoft with its Windows Phone platform, taking on some of the slack left behind by BlackBerry. While Windows Phone saw a greater fourth quarter year-over-year growth of 46 percent, BlackBerry saw a 77 percent decline, registering a near-zero market share.

More embarrassingly for the Canadian smartphone maker, its legacy BlackBerry 7 phones continue to outpaced its newer BlackBerry 10 devices.

Over the 2013 calendar year, Microsoft saw a near-double increase year-over-year in its Windows Phone market share of 91 percent.

However, as the research firm notes, exactly how Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's phone-making unit will propel higher shipment volumes remains to be seen.