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Android shipments touch 85% while Windows Phone relegates into the abyss

Worldwide Smartphone OS Market Share. (Source: IDC, May 2017)
Worldwide Smartphone OS Market Share. (Source: IDC, May 2017)
There's no stopping the Android juggernaut as the latest IDC numbers for Q1 2017 put it in a comfortable lead of 85% while the lack of new hardware or developer support has pushed Windows Phone into virtual extinction.

Market analyst firm IDC has released the quarterly numbers for smartphone shipments for Q1 2017. The growth of smartphones has been at a steady 3.4% with good demand for OEM flagships. The overall growth of the smartphone market however, has slowed down. There seems to be no stopping the continual rise of Android as the dominant smartphone OS with a healthy 3.6% increase over the previous quarter, registering 85% of the total smartphone shipments. Apple's iOS is far behind at 14.7% and has actually seen a drop of 3.5% since the last quarter.  

Not surprisingly, Microsoft's Windows Phone (or Windows 10 Mobile, if you will) platform has reached a dead end with just 0.1% shipments equalling with the 'Others' category. Over the past year, there has been an 87.5% decrease in Windows Phone shipments from 0.8% in Q1 2016 to just 0.1% Q1 2017. Lack of new devices and developer interest has put the platform on life support. There has been no news from Redmond about a possible Surface-branded phone or any new development apart from a few whispers of prototypes floating around the campus. Even if Microsoft does make a comeback in mobile, contesting Android's leadership will be nothing short of Herculean. 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-07-18 (Update: 2017-07-18)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.