Windows Phone is slowly but definitely increasing its market share, according to figures from several research firms released this week.
Now the latest comes from IDC, which shows Windows Phone’s worldwide shipment market share increasing from 2 percent in the first quarter of last year to 3.2 percent this year. That’s enough of a jump to vault over BlackBerry, which IDC says had a 2.9 percent market share in the first quarter of 2013.
According to the IDC news release:
Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year gain among the leading operating systems, more than doubling its size from a year ago. Nokia was largely responsible for driving these volumes higher, accounting for 79.0% of all Windows Phone shipments during the quarter. Since Nokia began shipping Windows Phone devices, the company has shipped a total of 20.3 million units and grown the footprint worldwide to include address multiple market segments.
Research firm Gartner released its smartphone share figures earlier this week — though it counts sales rather than shipments. Gartner had Microsoft’s smartphone platform at a 2.9 percent share in the first quarter — not quite enough to overtake BlackBerry, which had 3 percent.
Here’s IDC’s chart: