Research firm IDC has come out with its latest figures on smartphone shipments and it says Windows Phone shipments have gone up 156 percent compared to a year ago.
Of course, Windows Phone was starting from a very low point a year ago, allowing for that big percentage jump.
In the third quarter, 9.5 million Windows Phone units were shipped, constituting 3.6 percent of the smartphone operating system market. That’s up from 3.7 million units and 2 percent of the market last year.
“Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year growth worldwide of any of the leading operating systems, a result primarily driven by the support of Nokia,” according to IDC. “By itself, Nokia accounted for 93.2% of all the Windows Phone-powered smartphones shipped during the quarter, marking a new milestone in the company’s short history on the Microsoft platform. Participation from other vendors, meanwhile, still seemed a mixed bag with more vendors participating from a year ago, but volumes still far behind Nokia’s own.”
Android, meanwhile, captured 81 percent of the market (with Samsung accounting for 39.9 percent of all Android shipments in the quarter), while Apple’s iOS had 12.9 percent.
Here’s IDC’s chart: