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Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS are fading into nothingness

by Todd Haselton | February 18, 2016February 18, 2016 11:00 am PST

Gartner recently released its latest figures for mobile operating system share for the fourth quarter of 2015. iOS and Android are killing it as usual, with a combined 98.4 percent of the mobile device market. Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS are fading into nothingness.

Gartner’s data found that Android continues to have the lion’s share of the mobile market with an 80.7 percent market share, up from 76 percent during the fourth quarter of 2014. Apple’s iOS share fell a tad, likely as Android grew, from 20.4 percent to 17.7 percent globally during the same time period. BlackBerry OS dropped from a barely noticeable 0.5 percent to 0.2 percent share while Windows fell from 2.8 percent to 1.1 percent, despite the launch of new Windows 10 smartphones. Seems folks are moving on, and BlackBerry obviously knows this with its foray into Android with the excellent BlackBerry Priv smartphone.

Gartner also touches on smartphone sales by phone vendor during the quarter. Samsung maintained the top spot with a 20.7 percent share, up from 19.9 percent in Q4 2014, followed by Apple at 17.7 percent, down from 20.4 percent in Q4 2014. Huawei came in third place, showing the Chinese company’s rapid growth, with an 8 percent market share. Lenovo and Xiaomi rounded out the top five smartphone vendors in the world.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...