Windows insignificant, Android strong as never

Windows insignificant, Android strong as never

According to Gartner’s recent market figures, Windows smartphones are barely sold. Android, however, cemented its crushing market power.

The sales of Windows smartphones are literally collapsing. As the latest global sales figures from the market research firm Gartner show, in the second quarter of 2016 less than 2 million devices with Windows logo were sold. A year ago, 8.2 million units went over the ladder table. This results in a devastating minus of 76 percent.

Even more gloomier it looks with the market share of the Redmond-er. From already nearly 2.5 percent market share last year, the Windows Phones have now shrunk to 0.6 percent now.

Microsoft in July had due to these miserable numbers already screwed down its targets for the Windows 10 spread. The launch of the new
Operating system could not boost the smartphone business as expected.

On the other hand, the rise of Google’s mobile operating system Android is hard to stop. According to Gartner, nearly 300 million Android smartphones were sold in the second quarter, almost 10 percent more than in the same period of the previous year. This allows Android to cement its preeminence and comes to a market share of crushing 86.2 percent.

But the rise of Androids is also at the expense of the iPhones. A little more than 44 million iOS smartphones were sold in the summer quarter, a drop of almost 7.7 percent. The market share of the Apple smartphones thus fell from 14.6 percent in the previous year to 12.9 percent.

Blackberry’s in-house OS has become a mere footnote to the smartphone market. Just 400,000 machines were sold worldwide. This corresponds to a market share of 0.1 percent. No wonder the Canadians are currently switching to Android and do not make a bad figure.

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