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Android smartphones dominate the market with over 80 percent

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A recent study shows that 211.6 million Android handsets were shipped in the third quarter of this year, accounting for a market share of over 81 percent.
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Despite the global economic cooldown the smartphone market keeps growing and Android's market share rises as well. The numbers show that the Android market has risen with over 50 percent over the previous year, but this includes all Android devices. At the same time, the entire smartphone market grew by almost 40 percent over last year's third quarter and reached a total of 211.6 million handsets.

Another interesting fact is that Microsoft's Windows Phone grew no less than 156 percent over last year's results, a solid growth rate despite the small base of only 3.7 million units and about 5 percent of the entire market. According to IDC's Research Manager Ramon Llamas, "Android and Windows Phone continued to make significant strides in the third quarter. Despite their differences in market share, they both have one important factor behind their success: price."

The average price of smartphones fell down 12.5 percent to $317 and Android ones are closing the $100 average price, while phablets average at $443. Apple's very strong iPhone 5S sales were not enough to stop the decline of the company's popularity, but this could have been caused by the weak demand in the weeks before the new iPhones' launch.

At last, BlackBerry BB10 did not deliver but the presence of low-cost BB7-capable devices on the  in emerging markets may be enough to help the company survive these tough times.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5428 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2013-11-13 (Update: 2013-11-14)