Technology tracker IDC released new data on Thursday that showed Microsoft’s Windows Smartphone has edged out Research and Motion’s BlackBerry for third place in global shipments during the first quarter of 2013.
Microsoft shipped 7 million Windows Phones in the first quarter of 2013, gaining 3.2 percent market share.
During the first quarter of 2012 Microsoft shipped 3 million Windows Phones, holding onto just 2 percent market share.
Windows Phones gained the largest percentage increase (133 percent) in market share year over year during the first quarter compared with the other smartphone operating systems.
Windows Phone’s ascent to third place is largely attributed to its successful partnership with Finnish based Nokia which accounted for 70 percent of all Windows Phone shipments in the first quarter of 2013, according to the IDC data.
BlackBerry, once a cutting edge leader in the smartphone industry, saw its market share decline the most compared with the others in the group.
Global shipments fell to 6.3 million in the first quarter of 2013, representing 2.9 percent of the smartphone market in 2013, lower than 9.7 million shipments in the first quarter of 2012 with 6.4 percent market share.
Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS combined accounted for 92.3 percent of all smartphone operating system shipments in the first quarter of 2013.
Android took first place shipping 162.1 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2013, up from 90.3 in the first quarter of 2012. Android market share grew to 75 percent, up from 59.1 percent in 2012.
Apple saw a slight increase in shipments over a one year period while their global market share of iOS smartphones actually decreased.
Apple shipped 37.4 million iOS smartphones in the first quarter of 2013, representing 17.3 percent market share compared with 35.1 million shipments and 23 percent market share in the first quarter of 2012.
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