Android Surges to 81%b Global Market Share, and That is Not the Big Story

Android has managed to gain 81 percent share of the global smart phone operating system market, according to Strategy Analytics.

But some would say that is not the big story. 

Rather, some would say, the important news is that Windows Phone has been shipped on more than 10 million smart phones globally in a single quarter.

That is the first time that has ever happened, and represents Microsoft Windows Phone doubling its market share to become the world's fastest growing smart phone operating system.

Microsoft has doubled its global smart phone market share from two percent to four percent in the past year.

Microsoft grew its smart phone shipments by 178 percent annually in the third quarter of 2013.

Global smart phone shipments reached 251 million units in the third quarter of 2013, Strategy Analystics says.

Global smart phone shipments grew 45 percent annually from 172.8 million units in the third quarter of 2012 to 251.4 million in the third quarter of 2013.

Android’s gain came mainly at the expense of BlackBerry, which saw its global smart phone share dip from four percent to one percent in the past year.

Microsoft’s growth is almost entirely due to Nokia and its steadily improving Lumia portfolio across Europe, Asia and the United States.

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