Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Aug 2013 17:44 UTC
Windows IDC released its smartphone shipment numbers for the second quarter of 2013, and other than the usual stuff (Android at 80%, iOS down to 13.3% due to lack of a new model), the Windows Phone figures are interesting.

Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year increase among the top five smartphone platforms, and in the process reinforced its position as the number 3 smartphone operating system. Driving this result was Nokia, which released two new smartphones and grew its presence at multiple mobile operators. But beyond Nokia, Windows Phone remained a secondary option for other vendors, many of which have concentrated on Android. By comparison, Nokia accounted for 81.6% of all Windows Phone smartphone shipments during 2Q13.

Over the past 12 months, Windows Phone went from 3.1% market share to 3.7%. This means that while shipments of Windows Phone devices are growing, they're barely growing any faster than the industry as a whole. Still, it's crazy to see there's less than a 10 percentages points difference between Windows Phone and iOS.

Another potential problem is that Microsoft is effectively entirely dependent on Nokia. If Nokia falters, Windows Phone falters. Other vendors have essentially lost all interest in the platform, and as such, Microsoft has a a very strong impetus in keeping Nokia going. Still, I'm pretty sure that the Surface phone is ready to go at a moment's notice.

They're going to need it.

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I never know what numbers to believe
by Priest on Wed 7th Aug 2013 19:34 UTC
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The Android at 80% and iOS at 13.3% measure worldwide phone sales.

When you look at other data at places like this one things change a bit:

In terms of US smartphone sales Andoid is 51% and iOS is 43%. When you look at things like App downloads and web browser statistics it is again pretty close.

Apple still leads in app store sales by a healthy amount. I think the 6:1 sales ratio is a little misleading because clearly many of those devices (more than half) are ending up in the hands of people not using them as smart phones.

Most of the Android sales numbers are to people using them as a replacement for Symbian as a cheap feature phones so the comparison is a little apples to oranges.

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