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Android leads, Windows phones fade further in Gartner's smartphone sales report

February 18, 2016 - Uncategorized

Once predicted to challenge Apple in the smartphone market, Windows phones have sunk to barely 1 percent of the world’s smartphones, according to new data released by Gartner. Meanwhile, Android’s market share now tops 80 percent.

If you’re a Windows Phone or Windows 10 Mobile owner, the news is grim: Microsoft and its partners sold 4.3 million phones worldwide during the fourth quarter, good for a 1.1 percent market share. That’s less than half of what the platform sold a year ago, when Windows phones owned 2.8 percent share. Only BlackBerry, Tizen, and other has-been operating systems are lower; BlackBerry’s share fell to 0.2 percent.

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As it has for years, the smartphone market is dominated by Android phones, which collectively sold 325 million units during the fourth quarter, an 80.7 percent share of the market. Android’s share increased just over four percentage points from a year ago, apparently stealing customers from Apple. The number of iOS phones dropped 2.7 percent to 71.5 million units during the fourth quarter, giving Apple a 15.9 percent share in the market. 

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Source: Mac World

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