Samsung has replaced Taiwan’s HTC as the world’s second-largest Windows phone maker, according to IDC.
Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, shipped 1 million Windows phones in the second quarter of this year, taking an 11.5 per cent global market share.
The figure was a huge increase from 300,000 units in the second quarter of 2012, when Samsung held a 6.1 per cent market share, and it pushed the company into second place globally among Windows phone makers, the report says.
HTC dropped to third place, with Q2 shipments of 400,000 Windows phones and a market share of 4.6 per cent. The company had recorded roughly the same number of shipments in the second quarter of last year, but it held an 8.2 per cent share of the market at that time, according to IDC.
Nokia retained its lead with shipments of 7.1 million Windows phones and an 81.6 per cent market share, IDC said. China’s Huawei Technologies, in fourth place, recorded shipments of 200,000 units and a 2.3 per cent share of the market.
IDC says global Windows phone shipments grew significantly by 77.6 percent year-on-year from a low base to 8.7 million units in the second quarter.
But Google Inc.’s Android remained the most popular smartphone platform in the second quarter with a 79.3 percent share, followed by Apple Inc.’s iOS with 13.2 percent and Microsoft’s Windows with 3.7 percent, according to IDC.
“Last quarter we witnessed Windows Phone shipments surpassing BlackBerry and the trend has continued into the second quarter,” said Ryan Reith, program manager with IDC’s mobility tracker programs.
“However, as more and more vendors enter the smartphone market using the Android platform, we expect Windows Phone to become a more attractive differentiator in this very competitive market segment,” he said in the report.