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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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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
quote:
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?


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