Windows Phone overtakes BlackBerry as third largest OS


Shipments of Windows Phone devices grew 133 per cent from Q1 2012 to the same period this year, while BlackBerry shipments fell

Windows Phone is now the third most popular mobile operating system in the world, research firm IDC has found.

The OS overtook BlackBerry in the first quarter of 2013, figures show, and now sits behind Android and Apple’s iOS which have 75 per cent and 17.3 per cent of the market respectively.

In the first three months of the year, seven million Windows Phone devices were shipped in comparison to three million for the same period last year – an increase of 133 per cent. Windows Phone devices made up 3.2 per cent of total shipments for the period, compared with 2 per cent in Q1 2012.

BlackBerry accounted for 2.9 per cent with 6.3 million units, a 35 per cent decline from the first quarter of 2012, in which it shipped 9.7 million units for 6.4 per cent of the market.

Linux saw an even greater year-on-year decline, with its shipments falling 41.7 per cent, and its market share from 2.4 per cent in Q1 of 2012 to one per cent in Q1 of 2013.

Symbian shipments fell 88.5 per cent year-on-year, and its market share dropped from 6.8 per cent in Q1 of 2012 to 0.6 per cent in Q1 of 2013.

IDC said Windows Phone posted the largest year-on-year gain among the operating systems. It said Nokia accounted for 79 per cent of all Windows Phone shipments during the quarter.

“The gains made by Windows Phone demonstrate both end-user demand and OEM support,” IDC said.

“In its first quarter of availability, BlackBerry formally introduced and shipped more than a million units running of its new BB10 platform, a significant breakthrough for the company. At the same time, BlackBerry still relied on its BB7 smartphones for the majority of its shipment volume, which, due to their lower prices, were well received within key markets.”