Latest data from IDC shows Windows Phone growing its global share 156% in Q3

Latest data from IDC shows Windows Phone growing its global share 156% in Q3
Windows Phone not only had a solid third quarter in the U.S., where it picked up market share and now owns 4% of the stateside smartphone arena, the OS also turned in an outstanding global performance as well. According to data from IDC, 9.5 million Windows Phone units were shipped during the three months ended in September. This gave Microsoft's mobile OS a 3.6% global market share of the smartphone market.

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

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39 Comments

1. abigaur

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 12, 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: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Android for desktops is coming soon. I hate windows the only reason I use it is because games.

5. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Windows 7 FTW!!!! xD the games!!! The games!!!

12. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 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: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

"impossible to use with mouse and keyboard.." ??? are you kidding or are you really that stupid?

6. abigaur

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

Agree but its not that easy to replace Windows....but competition is good for us.....:)

8. papss unregistered

Android for windows lol.. just stop

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

You mean android for desktop?

24. papss unregistered

Regardless it's not going to happen

29. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

You can already get an Android powered laptop in Asia....

13. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

you guys want android to take over everything smh...

17. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I'm SMH-ing along with you. Have my +1

14. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Steam is on linux.

25. papss unregistered

Gabe is a fat bastard.

39. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

yeah but half the games on steam aren't on linux !

16. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nothing like Windows.

20. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

yeah, nothing like it as far as security problems.

21. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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 unregistered

I agree.. chrome is sloppy and buttons are awkward at best.

31. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

LOL.. Sad.

19. designerfx

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 26, 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.

27. papss unregistered

I do so your comment is false

2. Bashok

Posts: 36; Member since: Dec 14, 2010

Lastest data from I Don't Care?

9. papss unregistered

Obviously you do

3. drdaly

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 09, 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: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 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: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 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: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Where do I go to get it after I sign up?

37. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 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..!! ;)

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