Latest data from IDC shows Windows Phone growing its global share 156% in Q3
For Windows Phone, this represents a huge 156% increase from last year's third quarter. It was also the best performing OS in the period. Android, with 211.6 million units shipped, owned a whopping 81% market share in the third quarter which was a 51.3% increase from last year. Apple's iOS had a strange quarter. Shipments increased to 33.8 million from 26.9 million, but thanks to the huge increase in overall smartphone shipments, the iOS market share for the third quarter declined from 14.4% to 12.9%.
BlackBerry lost 41.6% of its share in the period and owns 4.5% of the smartphone market. The "Others" category lost 80.1% of its share, dropping from 4.5% to .6% of the smartphone market.
Windows Phone has been feeling its oats lately, thanks in part to the huge success of the low-end Nokia Lumia 520/521. Nokia also has been wowing high-end smartphone buyers with cameras that shine even when pictures are taken in low-light conditions. Now that the GDR3 update allows Windows Phone manufacturers to offer handsets with the same specs as your high-end Android models, we could see the platform continue to add market share in the months ahead.
IDC also discovered that the average selling price for a new smartphone declined 12.5% in the quarter, to a price of $317. Phablet prices averaged $443 in the period, higher than than your average handset, but down 22.8% from the prior year's $573 price for a phablet.
source: IDC via WMPoweruser
1. abigaur (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)
Having lots of Windows PC user....i think windows mobile platform can lead one day.....if polished properly....i mean features, apps, widgets.....like andro. Because integration between PC and phone will become more and more easier......But right no andro all the way....:)
4. Shatter (Posts: 1747; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Android for desktops is coming soon. I hate windows the only reason I use it is because games.
5. bucky (Posts: 1199; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
What do you hate about windows? I really enjoy windows 7 ultimate. It's the perfect mix of easy on the eyes and powerful at the same time. Now with ssd available, it's blazing fast
11. protozeloz (Posts: 5284; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Windows 7 FTW!!!! xD the games!!! The games!!!
12. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
Windows 7 is great but user experience went all downhill after Windows 8 (impossible to use with mouse and keyboard).
Now I'm no Apple fan (as you'd probably already know) but I would take Maverick over Windows 8 any day, just because it's a lot easier to use.
Hope Ubuntu gets more apps soon.
32. bon24x7 (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
"impossible to use with mouse and keyboard.." ???
are you kidding or are you really that stupid?
6. abigaur (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)
Agree but its not that easy to replace Windows....but competition is good for us.....:)
29. protozeloz (Posts: 5284; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
You can already get an Android powered laptop in Asia....
13. good2great (Posts: 1020; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
you guys want android to take over everything smh...
39. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 720; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
yeah but half the games on steam aren't on linux !
20. designerfx (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
yeah, nothing like it as far as security problems.
21. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 944; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
IMO: both Android and Chrome suck the big one for desktops and laptops. Google dominates mobile, but they don't own the PC market, now or ever...
26. papss (Posts: 2870; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
I agree.. chrome is sloppy and buttons are awkward at best.
19. designerfx (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)
never. nobody wants windows to be the lead. That would be the worst scenario for mobile usage.
The only reason people are moving away from android into even less controllable (by microsoft/apple) OS's is because of Apple/MS. The more they try to make people not want to use android, the less anyone cares. This is causing an interest in tizen, etc - where MS will get no patent $$ for.
3. drdaly (Posts: 33; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)
I just got a Lumia625 and really wait for the Update,
They need to hurry up the long awaited update GDR3, anyone knows when its expected to be released??
10. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 142; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
I want to know too. My secondary handset, an unlocked Lumia 620, is ready and waiting. I know I won't get much use out of the update, but I'd still like to see it in action.
33. bon24x7 (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
Just create a free Microsoft app studio account and you'll get the GDR3 update instantly. No need to wait any longer..But I'm not sure if it works on carrier locked devices. It works on unlocked devices..!
35. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 142; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
Where do I go to get it after I sign up?
37. bon24x7 (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
1) Sign up here for an app studio account http://apps.windowsstore.com/
2) Install this Microsoft app http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/preview-for-developers/178ac8a1-6519-4a0b-960c-038393741e96
3) Head into the settings of your phone and go to the phone update section and do a check. You'll find the update. The update is available from the same day it was announced..!! ;)
7. gaurang (Posts: 94; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)
i really like the direction were microsoft is heading..and boy wp8 is a pleasure to use (lumia 925)
18. Pedro0x (Posts: 254; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
In this article it says that 9,5 million devices were shipped, not sold. Also, most of the WP devices are pretty cheap so yeah maybe Nokia gets some of their devices sold but at a low price which means low profit. This is the biggest fault in WP, the cheapest device can almost match the performance and level of features of high-ends so the only reason why to buy high-ends is for a better camera and screen.
22. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 944; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Wake up, and stop writing dumb comments: of course the higher end smartphones offer features you don't get with cheaper models, even for devices using WP8 OS. The more expensive models give you built-in GPS, Qi wireless charging, better microphones, faster GPU and CPU for games, more RAM, and a host of other features that I will not bother to name. It's absurd that you implied otherwise, and it's also obvious that you don't use Lumia smartphones.
It is true that low end Lumia 520/521 does sell well, but so will the L1520 and L929. The 41MP L1020 is in a league of it's own, and Nokia still holds the lead in terms of Camera and durability. The days of Android fanboys bragging about their hardware advantage are finished, and I expect WP8 will start catching up in terms of OS features. On the other hand, no other platform comes close to Android in terms of malware, and spyware. Both Android and iOS are far less secure, despite WP8 lacking VPN and some basic options...
Bottom line: Nokia totally rocks the house, and their smartphones deserve respect. Microsoft will soon have a strong device foundation upon which they can build. WP OS is a serious contender, beyond any doubt.
28. Edmund (Posts: 633; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
What?? I can almost guarantee that 80% of android devices sold over the last quarter were budget handsets.
34. bon24x7 (Posts: 140; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
Don't you think its a good thing that the cheapest phone can match the performance of a high end device..? closed OS or whatever, all their users enjoy the same software features and apps. How is that a bad thing? You sound pretty arrogant and selfish. No wonder you don't support WP. Low price means less profits..yeah..but in case you didn't know..Microsoft makes more money from Android than from WP. So by supporting Android you're helping Microsoft and Windows Phone to grow. Thanks for your support bro..The WP users really appreciate your contribution :)
23. darkkjedii (Posts: 8888; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
This is mostly due to Nokia. I think they made the rite choice, by going with wp8. They've pretty much become its face. Kudos Nokia.
30. corporateJP (Posts: 1185; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Once the Nokia name comes off of the phones, I'll bet real money that the brakes will hit hard on WP growth.
Watch and see.
36. livyatan (Posts: 494; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
"WP was the best performing OS on the market ".
^Well, there goes the stupidest line of the month.
Android - 211 million units shipped in the quarter!
How is 9.7 million units better than 211 million?
Windows phone has grown by by a mere and INSIGNIFICANT two million units quarter over quarter, whereas Android grew by another staggering 20+ million which is over 2000% higher absolute growth!
Within it's third year on the market Android had about 650% y-o-y growth!
Wake up and stop spewing utter nonsense or I'll begin to think Microsoft is paying you for it.
38. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 205; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
I really like Windows 8 on the desktop. Once they get the bugs worked out and polish it up (which 8.1 does to some extent), it will be a pretty good operating system.
I also like windows phone 8 minus the fact that many apps that i use on a daily basis aren't there. Without my android tablets, I wouldn't be able to use windows phone. They need more apps!