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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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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.

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