According to the new figures published by IDC today, Android and iOS now together accounted for 92.3% of first quarter 2013 smartphone shipments, while interestingly Windows Phone now stands at third position by passing BlackBerry. As per research firm, Android and Apple shipped a total of 199.5 million units worldwide which is an up 59.1% from the 125.4 million units shipped during same quarter a year ago.
“Underpinning the worldwide smartphone market is the constantly shifting operating system landscape,” noted Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team. “Android and iOS accounted for more than the lion’s share of smartphones in the first quarter, but a closer examination of the other platforms reveals turnaround and demand for alternatives. Windows Phone has benefited from Nokia’s participation, and BlackBerry’s new BB10 devices have already hit a million units shipped in its first quarter of availability.”
“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.”