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Windows Phone Grew Over 36% in US Market Share Last Quarter

Let’s not fool ourselves. When it comes to the smartphone market in the United States and around the world, there are effectively two major players: we have Apple’s iOS and we have Google’s Android. That being said, third place isn’t being much of a contest either as Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform actually continues to grow.

In fact, when you compare the three month period ending in April 2013 to the three month period ending in February 2013, Windows Phone actually grew over 36% in terms of market share in the United States. To be fair, even with that growth, Windows Phone still only occupies a mere 5.6% share in the American smartphone market, but that’s a pretty sizable improvement over the 4.1% it had previously. To put that in perspective, RIM stayed steady at 0.7% and Symbian, oddly enough, increased from 0.1% to 0.3%. The growth of Windows Phone can largely be attributed to Nokia and its launch of the Nokia Lumia 620, as well as its wider availability of the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. And then there is low-cost Lumia 520/521.

As far as Android and iOS are concerned, Apple fell from 43.5% to 41.4% and that’s probably because we’re still waiting on a new iPhone refresh later this year. By contrast, Android grew slightly from 51.2% to 51.7% and this trend may continue when the numbers for the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 come through. In any case, even though Windows Phone is a distant third, it has clearly established itself as the obvious third.




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  1. nokia music, nokia transit, nokia drive, nokia city lens, nokia maps, no malware or lag, syncs with pc, windows note and excel, and the best cameras for still or video with optical image stabilization, best microphones for recording, and next month perfect zooming. i can not think of a good reason not to purchase a nokia so i did…….two of them.

  2. Well, I cannot think for the life of me one single reason why I’d want to use Windows Phone

    • “Well, I cannot think for the life of me one single reason why I’d want to use Windows Phone”

      …Because you get a smooth, fluid user experience right out of the box.

      No need to jailbreak it, mod it, root it, shoot it or kaboot it in order to get it to work as it should.

      The best part though may be the righteous bucks a person may save in the future by not having to get carpal tunnel surgery brought on by constant battery pulls.

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