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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RE[2]: Who are the 'Others'
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 8th Aug 2013 03:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Who are the 'Others'"
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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[3]: Who are the 'Others'
by glarepate on Thu 8th Aug 2013 17:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Who are the 'Others'"
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"With the thoughts that I'd be thinkin'
I could be another Lincoln
If I only had a brain." -- Scarecrow

Thank you for the correction. I've read so much about Jolla and Sailfish I imagined the phones were available already.

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