In terms of market share, Windows Phone is growing, Android still dominates and Apple is slipping just a bit according to the latest numbers from the IDC research firm.

Nokia-Lumia-1020-smartphoneWindows Phone shipped 9.5 million devices last quarter — marking a year-over-year growth of 156 percent — and saw its market share grow from two percent in 2012 to 3.6 percent in the third quarter of 2013. It’s worth noting that Nokia accounted for 93.2 percent of Windows Phones shipped last quarter.

Though Microsoft still lags far behind the two mobile kingpins, it seems to have firmly implanted itself as the third OS (for those still counting, Blackberry now has 1.7 percent market share).

Android, meanwhile, had its market share grow past 80 percent for the first time ever last quarter, shipping 211.6 million devices. IDC credited Android’s success to “its broad and deep list of vendors, including four of the top five vendors worldwide.”

But it wasn’t great news for Apple, as the Cupertino company saw its global market share actually drop by 1.5 percent from last year. This comes despite Apple setting iPhone shipment records for the 5C and 5S devices a few weeks ago.

IDC noted that Apple’s dip in market share was “due to soft demand in the weeks leading up to the launch of iOS 7 smartphones.”

“Still, if the 9 million units sold during the last week of September is any indication of future adoption, iOS stands to reap another record quarter in terms of volumes, market share, and year-over-year growth,” IDC added.

Editor’s note: Headline has been changed to correct the reference to Windows market share growth. 

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  • jdrch

    Now if only the OS allowed non-root filesystem access & screenshot/screencast capability like Android …

  • n8

    How many of those Android units shipped are manufacturers paying a royalty to MS on?

    • guest

      A lot of them. Pretty much anything shipping outside of China at this point.

  • NumberCrunching

    Misleading title…market share did not grow by 156%. Shipment volumes increased by 156% YOY. Market share increased YOY by 1.6% from 2% to 3.6%.

    • Walden

      Read it again.

    • Taylor Soper

      Hi there, I just fixed the headline to reflect this and noted it in the story. Thanks for noticing.

    • Math 001

      So your point is that market share grew by an even larger 180%?

  • realnews

    Number shipped is meaningless… When are we going to get some real “journalism” or analysis…

  • Guest

    Congrats to Windows Phone! As iPhone decays, it fertilizes the earth for more innovative ecosystems to rise. Android may be good enough for the masses who want their free phone and their open source fudgebudgery, but I expect that the moneyeds will continue to flock to platforms that are truly effective.

    • Guest

      Sara, you’ve been awfully silent about your boy Ballmer getting shown the door. Thoughts?

  • Rahul Aggarwal

    Well once again i would like to re-emphasize that these shipments related stats are a very vague measure. One may ship the devices but are they really selling out. At least at Endeavour, where we do a lot of Mobile Application Development we have not observed any such let down in the interest for iOS or for that matter such great traction for Windows Phone

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