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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.

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