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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Who are the 'Others'
by Tony Swash on Wed 7th Aug 2013 18:05 UTC
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The most interesting bit of data in the referenced IDC reports is the 'Other' category in 'Top Android Smartphone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, 2013 Q3' chart (the third chart on the page. Apparently these other companies are selling as many phones as Samsung, 70 million per quarter. Who are?

I presume a big chunk must be Chinese companies only marketing within China but does anybody know where you can get more data about these 'Other' companies as understanding who they are and what they doing seems to be crucial to understanding the Android global market.

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RE: Who are the 'Others'
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 7th Aug 2013 18:24 in reply to "Who are the 'Others'"
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HTC, is in there, along with Motorola, Sony. I'm sure the bulk is Chinese white lablers.

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RE[2]: Who are the 'Others'
by Nelson on Wed 7th Aug 2013 18:54 in reply to "RE: Who are the 'Others'"
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Yeah, mostly white box. HTC fell off of a cliff and

I think it underscores what a hollow shell the Android ecosystem is. Sure Android is technically moving volumes in astronomical amounts, but how much does this translate into a functional ecosystem when its from white box manufacturers who's phones are barely more functional than feature phones?

Edited 2013-08-07 18:55 UTC

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RE: Who are the 'Others'
by glarepate on Wed 7th Aug 2013 22:49 in reply to "Who are the 'Others'"
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Karbonn, Xiaomi, Lenovo, Micromax, Huawei, Gradiente, Haier, ZTE, Oppo, Jolla, Alcatel, XOLO (first Intel CPU Android phone iirc), Fujitsu, NEC (quitting the game, but they did sell phones), Yota, Pantech, Geeksphone (in the news recently), Acer, ASUS, Vertu (dominates in the over $5000 niche, Nokia retains 10% interest after selling it). I'm pretty sure there are others too.

Now not all of these are Android phones but they all make smart phones if I'm not mistaken.

Put them all together and they don't spell MOTHER but they add up to a pretty good volume of phones being sold.

Some I read about here, some on general news/business sites, some at places like Android Police and half a dozen other Android-related sites.

But this probably only shows that I really need to get out more. ]o;~

Hopefully this list will help you if you want to follow up on this.

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Jolla hasn't sold a single phone yet. I'm pretty sure we can omit them from the total.

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RE: Who are the 'Others'
by franko on Thu 8th Aug 2013 04:58 in reply to "Who are the 'Others'"
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It is not only Chinese buyers. Unlocked phones are big in Australia as well. Most of the people I know buy from China. It is so much cheaper.

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