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Windows Phone sees bumper first quarter growth but Android still dominates

Microsoft cements third place as Blackberry sees zero percent market share
Wed May 07 2014, 13:41

ANALYST OUTFIT ABI Research has released it's latest mobile phone market share figures, which show that while Windows Phone is gaining, Android continues to dominate.

According to the research firm's first quarter report, Android still has more than 80 percent of the smartphone market.

With sales of feature phones included, which explains why ABI's figures are lower than those reported by Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, the research firm reported that Android saw 24 percent growth year on year, keeping 44 percent of the market. Interestingly, the firm also included sales of devices running the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), which saw a 13 percent share.

Nick Spencer, senior practice director of mobile phones at ABI Research, said, "Interestingly, basic mobile phones lost [five percent] market share and Android picked up almost all of these users, suggesting Android is set to gain almost all of the billions of mobile subscribers still upgrading to smartphones.

"Certainly, Android looks set to completely dominate the high growth developing markets and increase its market share still further."

While Android continued to dominate, Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile operating system saw impressive growth. Windows Phone saw 119 percent growth year on year, reaching a three percent share of the global mobile phone market.

Blackberry, in stark comparison, failed to hold even one percent of the market, having sold 550,000 Blackberry 10 devices in the quarter and 750,000 running older versions of the Blackberry mobile operating system.

Spencer added, "Microsoft Windows Phone is currently the only viable third ecosystem. Blackberry has faded on all fronts (Blackberry 10 and OS) and while Firefox remains a potential low-cost challenger, it has yet to make any significant impact."

Despite the iPhone 5C failing to boost sales, according to ABI Research, Apple's market share grew 17 percent in the first quarter, with iOS taking 10 percent of global mobile phone sales. µ


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