Gartner latest to show growth for Microsoft's mobile OS

Last week, the research firm IDC showed a large jump in Windows Phone shipments for the second quarter of 2012. Now, yet another well known research company, Gartner, seems to agree with IDC findings.

In a new press release, Gartner claimed that Microsoft's market share of the smartphone industry (which combines Windows Phone with the older Windows Mobile) had 2.7 percent of the total market share in the industry for the second quarter of this year. That's a big jump compared to the 1.6 percent share it held the same time a year ago.

Google's Android still dominates, according to Gartner, with 64.1 percent, followed by Apple's iOS with 18.8 percent. RIM's Blackberry took a nose dive for the second quarter, with 5.2 percent of the market, compared to 11.7 percent for the same period a year ago.

Overall, Gartner said that 419 million mobile phones were sold worldwide in the second quarter of 2012, which is a 2.3 percent decrease compared to a year ago. However, smartphone sales for the same period surged up 42.7 percent; sales of smartphones now account for 36.7 percent of the total mobile phone market.

Samsung is the world's largest smartphone company, selling over 90 million units in the second quarter. Nokia is second with 83 million units and Apple is third with nearly 29 million units sold in the second quarter.

Source: Gartner

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