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Report: Windows Phone has 104% year-over-year growth in fourth quarter

Report: Windows Phone has 104% year-over-year growth in fourth quarter
The latest data from ABI Research shows that 10.9 million Windows Phone handsets were shipped worldwide in the fourth quarter, a 104% gain from the 5.3 million shipped in the 2012 fourth quarter. That was a gain of 19% sequentially from the third quarter of 2013. Despite the huge gain in shipments, Windows Phone still makes up just 4% of the global smartphone market.

Android models (including forked versions of the OS) shipped 221.5 million units in the period from October through December, to lead the way with a 77% share of the smartphone market in the period. Year-over-year, Android's growth amounted to 50%. On a sequential basis, that is growth of 20%. The 221.5 million Android units shipped included 71.1 million units of devices powered by a forked (non-Google) version of the OS, used on low priced phones offered in China. Those phones represented 25% of the global smartphone market while the Google Services version of Android captured 52%.

Apple's iOS shipped 51 million units in the period to control 18% of the worldwide smartphone market. That works out to a 7% gain year over year and a strong 51% gain sequentially. BlackBerry 10 shipped only1.1 million units in the fourth quarter while the older BlackBerry OS 7 powered 4.2 million phones that were shipped during the three months. Shocking was the 42% quarter-on-quarter growth for the older BlackBerry OS.

source: ABIResearch via WPCentral

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