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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Not only is WP growing, it is growing in a touch economy in a competitive market, while other giants are losing marketshare.

If WP was going to be a failure, you wouldn't see it growing at a time when Blackberry is taking cliff dive.

I think Windows will have a large growth after the Surface. I hope so. I can't stand Android. I think it's a horrible OS but that's the major OS manufacturers are going with because that's the only option.

Android hurts my soul. The only thing I'd miss were I to give it up is Kairosoft. But I suppose I could pick up a Nexus 7 or something to keep my games. All of my other apps have equivalents on any other platform (well, maybe not Meego).

I'm tired of relying on carriers for official updates and hackers for everything else. A hacking community whose only standard is "no bloat!" when they can't even agree on what bloat is, running around insisting every new crippled, crashy, alpha, hobbyist ROM is "lightning fast!" and "better than stock!" does nothing to boost my opinion of Android and its community that can somehow come across as rude and childish while spouting high level principles of openness and freedom. Blah, blah I say.

It's been growing, slowly is the only factor compared to the sharp growth Android had/has. WP8 could change that and we could see it starting to grow faster later, helps that Verizon and probably Sprint will also get phones this time around.

After 3 years of Android, I'm desperate to try something new. If Sprint doesn't get a GOOD WP8 handset (the HTC Arrive is/was a joke and Sprint/HTC lost a crapton of points because of it, IMO), they can keep their "do the right thing" marketing plan: I'm out.

Joshie said,
After 3 years of Android, I'm desperate to try something new. If Sprint doesn't get a GOOD WP8 handset (the HTC Arrive is/was a joke and Sprint/HTC lost a crapton of points because of it, IMO), they can keep their "do the right thing" marketing plan: I'm out.

Woudlnt mind trying Win8 out for a few at least. Just waiting to see how well it does first.