I was taken aback yesterday when the statement I made about Windows Phone having more marketshare than BlackBerry was challenged. You see, Windows Phone has had far more marketshare than BlackBerry for so long that I assumed everyone knew. Apparently, I assumed wrong.
From IDC, here is a summary of how the various smartphone operating systems stand in the global market as at end of Q1 2015:
- Android: 78%
- iOS: 18.3%
- Windows Phone: 2.7%
- BlackBerry: 0.3%
- Others (Sailfish, Firefox, Tizen, etc): 0.7%
Android has the overwhelming lead, followed distantly by iOS in 2nd place. Windows Phone is in 3rd place, and as small as its share is, it still has far more market share than BlackBerry, Tizen, Sailfish and Firefox all put together. To paint the picture well, Windows Phone has 9 times the marketshare of BlackBerry. There is no contest.
Now, you know.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.