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Nokia was the main hardware maker behind Windows' boost, accounting for 79 percent of shipments in Q1 2013

Windows 8 tablets may not be seeing a ton of success, but Windows Phone is doing just fine as it managed to slip past BlackBerry for third place in smartphone operating system shipments. 

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Windows Phone jumped to third place in the first quarter of 2013 with 7 million units shipped. About 3 million Windows Phones were shipped in the year-ago quarter. 

This gave Windows Phone a total of 3.2 percent smartphone market share for Q1 2013, which was a boost from Q1 2012's market share of only 2 percent. 

"Windows Phone claiming the third spot is a first and helps validate the direction taken by Microsoft and key partner Nokia," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "Given the relatively low volume generated, the Windows Phone camp will need to show further gains to solidify its status as an alterative to Android or iOS."

A big reason for Windows Phone's boost is Nokia, which makes flagship handsets like the Nokia Lumia 920. It's been trying to keep a steady pace of releases too, with new smartphones like the Lumia 925 (Nokia's new metal flagship phone for T-Mobile only) and the Lumia 928 (exclusive to Verizon only starting today). 

Nokia made up about 79 percent of all Windows Phone shipments during Q1 2013. 

BlackBerry fell to fourth place with 6.3 million shipments and 2.9 percent market share for the quarter. This was compared to 9.7 million shipments 6.4 percent market share in Q1 2012. 

BlackBerry has been trying to make a comeback with its new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) operating system and line of devices. The new line was introduced in late January of this year, with its first BB10 smartphone -- the Z10 -- being released at that same time in the UK. It rolled out slowly throughout the next couple of months, ending with a U.S. launch on March 22. 

This means that BB10 couldn't really use the first quarter to its full potential as far as shipments go, and numbers could pick up in Q2 2013 -- especially since its second BB10 smartphone (the Q10) is being released throughout May. 

I think we can all guess which operating systems took the first and second places. Android stayed at No. 1 with 162.1 million units shipped and 75 percent market share in Q1 2013. Apple's iOS took second with 37.4 million shipments and 17.3 percent market share. 

Source: Business Wire

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this article misses the "meat"
By retrospooty on 5/16/2013 11:12:55 AM , Rating: 4
It doesnt show how in the past year, Android went from 56.9 to 74.4%, while Apple fell from 22.5 to 18.2%.

Good to see that WP8 getting a bit and a shame about Blackberry though... 4 major players would be better than 2.

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By Flunk on 5/16/2013 11:19:42 AM , Rating: 2
With Android riding so high we may soon be in the same situation we are on the PC, the only difference would be the vendor.

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By Motoman on 5/16/2013 11:30:54 AM , Rating: 1
It's already that way...has been for a long time.

Which is a good thing. It makes the vendors compete for your business, and gives a vast platform presence for developers and such.

Android has actually become the Windows of smartphones.

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By zorxd on 5/16/2013 11:41:12 AM , Rating: 1
except that Android is free and open source.

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By GulWestfale on 5/16/13, Rating: -1
RE: this article misses the "meat"
By kleinma on 5/16/2013 12:29:24 PM , Rating: 3
As an iPhone and Android S3 owner who is waiting for contract renewal so I can get a Windows Phone, I would be interested to know what is "crappy" about it, since you kindly left out any details or information to back up your comments. Or are you just one of those typical iPhone/Android users who simple thinks whatever you don't use is crappy?

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By Pirks on 5/16/2013 1:47:04 PM , Rating: 2
gul westfale is crappy troll, and WP8 is slick and very high quality OS, however it can't play music from folders on SD card, this is deal breaker for me. however it doesn't change the fact that it trounces crapdroid in other ways

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By GulWestfale on 5/16/13, Rating: 0
RE: this article misses the "meat"
By jvillaro on 5/16/2013 3:03:58 PM , Rating: 2
My opinion is that your opinion is CRAP and FALSE.
Where do you get that WP8 can't play music from the SD card??? WTF?

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/16/2013 4:55:32 PM , Rating: 2
Pirks said that, not westfail.

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By Pirks on 5/17/2013 2:06:49 AM , Rating: 1
Sorry for misunderstanding, I meant that it can't organize music by folders, it plays MP3 fine from SD but it's organized by MP3 tags which is real ugly in my case. So WP8 is not for me yet, but the progress from WP7 is very significant nonetheless.

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By crispbp04 on 5/16/2013 4:33:57 PM , Rating: 3
I had a windows phone with an sd card and never used it because I only had a few gigs on my device and streamed the rest of my music from xbox music (formerly zune pass). When I upgraded to WP8 I play ALL of my music from the cloud (except when I use my 10 zune credits that I'm grandfathered for each month).

the SD card is a nice to have, but I had it available for over a year and never used it. Skydrive makes it pointless.

I get my Lumia 928 tomorrow and am looking forward to seeing how well the camera performs vs. the 8x

Anybody who bashes on windows phone is just a sad mental case. It reminds me of this kid I went to college with who walked around in an elf costume constantly muttering about how Microsoft was evil and everyone should use Linux. (This was in 2001). Every time I see someone trolling a forum I just assume they are the same guy.

iPhone is great for common consumers like your grandmother, Android is good for tinkerers and elves because it's 0p3n source and free and Micro$hit sux0rs, and windows phone is a great modern experience for most.

By euclidean on 5/17/2013 9:33:47 AM , Rating: 2
Perfectly stated :)

Now, only if they can get enough market share so that Google will develop versions of Chrome, Drive, Music, and a few other apps that I heavily rely on, and my Lumia 920 will be all set...

By elleehswon on 5/16/2013 5:23:56 PM , Rating: 1
i can't speak to the nokia 922 or whatever number they're on now, but the htc 8x's facebook app is horrid. absolute crap. the phone itself is solid, as is most of the core functionality. just don't expect it to be as feature rich as android.

By NellyFromMA on 5/17/2013 1:04:48 PM , Rating: 2
Tell that to the Android device manufacturers that pay MS licensing to use Android.

They might not look at it as free.

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By Mitch101 on 5/16/2013 11:22:01 AM , Rating: 2
Dont count out Windows Tablets the Full Blown Windows 8 tablets are doing great for launch its Surface RT thats not doing well.

Full-blown Windows 8 tablet sales have done surprisingly well. When you combine full-blown Windows 8 tablet sales with the dismal sales of RT tablets, Windows tablets accounted for 7.5% of the market in the first quarter of 2013

Microsoft Launching 8-inch Surface RT Device In June For US$249-299

Dell has already dropped Surface RT 10" tablets to $299.00

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By retrospooty on 5/16/2013 11:26:25 AM , Rating: 2
Its a smartphone stat... Interesting term you keep using though "Full-blown Windows 8 Tablets".

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By Mitch101 on 5/16/2013 4:50:50 PM , Rating: 2
At one point they may merge but don't be surprised if you see Full Blown Windows 8 on a Phone.

New Windows 8 PC phone revealed, plus tablet and desktop

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By Reclaimer77 on 5/16/2013 8:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
God I swear, I'm not trolling, but every time he posts about Windows Phone it's like I'm reading a Tony post! It's creeping me out.

Step 1. Make biased positive statement about favored platform.

Step 2. Provide link to "support" said statement

But tablets? Huh?

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By retrospooty on 5/16/2013 9:33:32 PM , Rating: 3
It sounds like a mini Tony, but not on the same scale. Tony has been shilling Apple for years and years... Endlessly, tirelessly, as if his own happiness depended on it. I truly think Tony cries when bad news comes out about Apple. He will do anything to distract people from a bad piece of news about Apple and anything to distract people from a good piece of news about a competitor... As if it was a job.

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/16/2013 9:56:58 PM , Rating: 2
There is no way he spends this much time on it without being paid, I fully believe he is paid to do this.

By retrospooty on 5/17/2013 8:12:16 AM , Rating: 1
It's also possible that he is that much of a total and complete loser to actually identify himself with the company that much to feel the need to defend them like he does. Neither of which matters, full of shit is full of shit, regardless of the flavor of shit. ;)

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By Mitch101 on 5/16/2013 11:11:37 PM , Rating: 2
What creeps me out is how your still ass hurt over me calling you out months back and it you not having settled with it.

Get over it and enjoy your Slag 4.

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By jimbojimbo on 5/16/2013 11:27:33 AM , Rating: 2
When you say Windows tablet are you saying anything that's running Windows 8 and can basically be used as a tablet as well? Considering how many of those there are and considering if you're going to get a Win8 laptop you may as well get one of these hybrids anyway I'm not surprised it's selling well. They're not really tablets exactly.

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By kleinma on 5/16/2013 12:31:27 PM , Rating: 3
So if a tablet comes with a keyboard dock out of the box it isn't a tablet, but if you buy a keyboard to connect to your iPad it still is a tablet? Interesting logic you got there.

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By 91TTZ on 5/16/2013 12:17:55 PM , Rating: 2
Your 7.5% stat is counting both Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets.

RE: this article misses the "meat"
By Mitch101 on 5/16/2013 4:49:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yes it says that but when most places report Windows Tablet they are only referring to the RT but most don't acknowledge the Surface Pro which is doing great for a launch device. So if you only read the headlines and they only talk about the RT you would think Microsoft tablets are failing when its the RT that's doing bad but the Surface Pro is doing quite well.

Windows Phone "doing just fine"?
By 91TTZ on 5/16/2013 11:50:23 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't say that Windows Phone is doing just fine. Saying that it's doing fine is like saying that Gary Johnson did fine in the 2012 Presidential race. In other words, it's a very, very distant third place.

Considering that #1 and #2 (Apple and Samsung) collect 100% the profits in the industry, everyone else is left to scrape by or operate at a loss. Apple eats up 57% of the industry's profits, Samsung eats up almost 43% of the industry's profits, and LG gets almost 1%. Everyone else is losing money.

Long story short, I made more profit selling smartphones than Nokia did, and I didn't sell any smartphones.

RE: Windows Phone "doing just fine"?
By DukeN on 5/16/2013 11:57:32 AM , Rating: 2
Question is, did Nokia have positive cash-flow selling smartphones? (You did not)

RE: Windows Phone "doing just fine"?
By 91TTZ on 5/16/2013 12:41:30 PM , Rating: 2
Question is, did Nokia have positive cash-flow selling smartphones? (You did not)


If a company isn't making any profit, they have a negative cashflow, right? Nokia is losing money trying to stay in the smartphone business. More money leaves their pockets than goes into it. No company can stay in business with a negative cashflow.

Nokia's net income was (negative) 3.1 billio) Euros last year.

RE: Windows Phone "doing just fine"?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/16/2013 1:25:46 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't MS paying them billions to have them use Windows Phone?

RE: Windows Phone "doing just fine"?
By 91TTZ on 5/16/2013 1:53:18 PM , Rating: 2
Why would Microsoft build a phone operating system and then pay people to use it? Did Microsoft pay you to use Windows 7?

Microsoft is supposed to make money by selling software.

RE: Windows Phone "doing just fine"?
By retrospooty on 5/16/2013 1:58:00 PM , Rating: 2
To try and gain market share and relevance in mobile.

RE: Windows Phone "doing just fine"?
By 91TTZ on 5/16/2013 3:09:49 PM , Rating: 2
They're failing to do that. In fact, none of Microsoft's mobile initiatives (Windows 8, Surface, Windows Phone) seem to be gaining traction in the market.

By Mitch101 on 5/16/2013 5:16:21 PM , Rating: 2
To gain market share is a big deal the phone manufacturers arent selling the same number of phones every quarter.

If the same number of phones were sold every quarter and a phone gained market share then its one losing to another because a finite number of devices are being sold.

But when an extra say 20 million phones sell in a quarter in order to gain market share you not only have to sell a percentage of everyone else but you have to capture a percentage of the extra phones being sold into the market to gain market share.

So to gain market share even by a small amount when there are more and more phones sold every quarter is a big deal and it shows adoption and traction.

Apple could very well be selling the same number of phones this quarter they did last quarter but if they arent taking a percentage of the extra number of phones being sold this quarter when the totals are added up they will look like they are losing market share.

Math are hard.

RE: Windows Phone "doing just fine"?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/16/2013 2:33:46 PM , Rating: 2
It happened, I incorrectly said billions, it's millions. 250 million to be exact.

RE: Windows Phone "doing just fine"?
By 91TTZ on 5/16/2013 3:08:28 PM , Rating: 2
In other words the Windows Phone ecosystem is still losing money. It takes money to keep it afloat, and not enough money is coming in. So Microsoft is propping it up with their own money in the hopes that it'll take off.

By Mitch101 on 5/16/2013 5:02:13 PM , Rating: 2
If you look at the year as a whole sure but consider Nokia didn't really have anything at the beginning of last year because they were still in development and transition, They also got screwed by Samsung on parts supplies hmm I wonder why?, But as of the last quarter they are starting to make money again and most recently with all the major carriers in all countries starting to sell Nokia devices they will start to post even bigger profits again.

Also Nokia owns the cash cow of patents there is a lot of money all the other phone makers have to pay into Nokia.

I would dare say Nokia has the best reputation of any Phone manufacturer add all of the above and its only a matter of time as Nokia continues to eat up more and more market share.

RE: Windows Phone "doing just fine"?
By Cheesew1z69 on 5/16/2013 5:04:29 PM , Rating: 2
Pretty much :P

RE: Windows Phone "doing just fine"?
By Pirks on 5/17/2013 2:13:52 AM , Rating: 2
MS did it with XBox and it may just as well work with Windows Phone, at least current IDC stats show 113% YoY growth which made WP officially the third horse in the race slightly ahead of Blackberry. Given that MS fixes crappy music player that can't play MP3 from SD card properly and given that they persuade Gameloft to release more high-end 3D games for WP, it may overtake Android quality wise as a whole smartphone experience. Not this year but maybe next.

RE: Windows Phone "doing just fine"?
By DukeN on 5/16/2013 1:58:53 PM , Rating: 3
Actually these are two different things.

A lot of companies use "creative" accounting to reduce their net "profit" to as little as possible to avoid taxation.

Cashflow is a half-decent way to quickly gauge the health of a company, but in a vacuum it's not something you should bet the mortgage on.

Nokia's cash-flow in the last two quarters has actually been positive, which isn't the case for some of their competitors.

By Mitch101 on 5/16/2013 5:19:46 PM , Rating: 2
They are lumping in when Nokia didn't have flagship phones and all carriers selling them to make it sound like Nokia is failing completely ignoring the last two quarters. Surprised not.

Windows Phone Ecosystem...
By Ramstark on 5/16/2013 12:24:21 PM , Rating: 3
Is becoming more and more relevant in the market, why? BECAUSE IT JUST WORKS FINE!!
Nobody wants to hear that iPhone is dying or that Android is so segmented that noone really knows what version of it is running on its smartphone. We always want to hear that our pick is doing fine, the reality is this, numbers don't lie, Blackberry is reseting its boat and it might or might not work, but WP phone devices are doing great in my country (Mexico) everyone wants either a Nokia or a Samsung phone (here most people doesn't know about Android or Windows OSs, they just recognize the phone makers)

So, What I hope is that this changes, we need more phone makers reaching the quality of the "big guys" I'd love to see really top notch Android and Windows phones from HTC, Huawei and Sony...That would give the user the choice of Brand and OS that it's fair.

RE: Windows Phone Ecosystem...
By 91TTZ on 5/16/2013 12:47:08 PM , Rating: 1
We always want to hear that our pick is doing fine, the reality is this, numbers don't lie,

You're right. The number don't lie, and Windows Phone is flopping hard.

People seem to think that if a product is selling that the product must be doing ok. But that's not the case. If a product sells for more money than it cost to design, produce, and market it, it turns a profit. If it doesn't, it loses money.

I'm sure you could move a lot of product by selling $20 bills for $10 a piece. But you'll be losing money with each and every transaction.

RE: Windows Phone Ecosystem...
By datdamonfoo on 5/16/2013 1:32:18 PM , Rating: 2
Of course that is a terrible oversimplification. Let's look at video games, for example. For years consoles were sold at a loss, but companies still made huge profit. Why? Because the money is in the games. Look up the history of the Sega Genesis. It destroyed the competition at one point because they sold the console with a free game at a loss. Why did that work? Because now people were tied into the ecosystem and bought games for the Genesis, not the NES or SNES. So the more Windows Phones sold, even at a loss, the more money that will flow in, simply due to the customer now being a part of the ecosystem.

RE: Windows Phone Ecosystem...
By DukeN on 5/16/13, Rating: 0
RE: Windows Phone Ecosystem...
By 91TTZ on 5/16/2013 2:57:49 PM , Rating: 2
You're stating the obvious. Of course that's what Microsoft is trying to do, it's just not working.

Microsoft is desperately scurrying to find a perpetual revenue stream for the future. They see PC sales slowing down and people aren't upgrading their computers, their version of Windows, or their version Office as fast as they used to. The PC is becoming mature and the upgrade cycles are becoming slower, reducing their yearly revenue. Microsoft and many other companies are trying to move to a "rent" model of computing where you get nickel and dimed to death for using "services" that used to be products that you bought once.

RE: Windows Phone Ecosystem...
By Pirks on 5/16/2013 1:54:30 PM , Rating: 2
There's already a top notch Samsung ATIV S, this is as good as it gets this iteration with Windows Phone, why look anywhere else?

Gartner (via ZDNet) say Blackberry ahead of WP
By DukeN on 5/16/2013 11:47:27 AM , Rating: 2

So do you trust Gartner, or IDC?

Oh and great job Anand and co. of objective Blackberry coverage.

You know, like the coverage of BB Live! on the 14th, or that BB 10 review (they've only been out what, for four months now)?

By Mitch101 on 5/16/2013 5:23:37 PM , Rating: 2
That's what a lot of people here do if you don't capture 100% market share when you device has been out a few weeks its a fail.

By p05esto on 5/17/2013 12:06:02 AM , Rating: 2
I hate Windows 8 on the desktop, but i LOVE the Win8 phones. The Lumina 928 is amazing, such a smooth and fresh OS. Nice job, and with a little refining it will be hands down the king. Give it a try folks, it's good.

RE: Win
By datdamonfoo on 5/17/2013 10:43:19 AM , Rating: 2
There's no such thing as a Lumina, and why do you hate Windows 8 on the desktop?

Midget wrestling match
By Chaser on 5/17/2013 2:22:48 PM , Rating: 2

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