Now more than ever it’s starting to appear that BlackBerry made the right decision try Android. New data from Gartner suggests that 97.8 percent of the smartphones sold during the third quarter of this year were running either Android or iOS. There hasn’t been much room for a third ecosystem, which means platforms like BlackBerry OS and Windows 10 for Phones, in addition to others such as Tizen, are facing an uphill battle.
Gartner found that Android was installed on 84.7 percent of all global smartphones sold during the third quarter, while iOS was installed on 13.1 percent of devices. Both smartphone operating systems increased share over the third quarter of 2014, with Windows and BlackBerry losing their already tiny slices of the pie.
Samsung remains the world’s largest vendor of phones with a 23.7 percent share, down a hair from Q32014, followed by Apple with a 13.1 percent share, up from 12.5 percent in the year-ago quarter, and Huawei with a 7.7 percent share, up from 5.2 percent in Q32014. Lenovo and Xiaomi rounded out the top 5, both with a market share of 4.9 percent.
Despite the dominance of Android and iOS, Gartner thinks there’s a sliver of hope for Microsoft’s Windows 10 for Mobile operating system, which makes its U.S. debut on the Lumia 950 this Friday. “We expect Windows smartphone market share will continue to be a small portion of the overall smartphone OS market as consumers remain attracted by competing ecosystems,” Gartner research director Roberta Cozza said.
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