In addition to the table above, a graphic showing the relative market shares of the top 6 smartphone operating systems
over the previous five quarters is available at IDC.
The new Windows handsets will compete against Apple's iOS and recently launched iPhone 5, which is the most popular smartphone, and also will compete with the fast-growing number of handsets based on Google's Android operating system, the most popular smartphone operating system
Android's sales benefited from the decline of Nokia's largely abandoned smartphone operating system
, Symbian and BlackBerry's Research In Motion (RIM), whose market share was more than halved, from 11.
If RIM lets BB10 run on handsets from other manufacturers, as Heins suggested last year, its slice of the smartphone operating system
market could grow, but with no concrete plans yet announced, this could be some time away.
London, Dec 20 (ANI): UK-based telecoms group BT has joined other major corporations claiming billions of dollars from Google for alleged patent infringements in the Android smartphone operating system
Apple continued to be the fourth largest phone maker overall, the number two smartphone maker and its iOS the third largest smartphone operating system
United States Smartphone Operating System
Shipments (Millions of Units)
smartphone operating system
marketshare, while "others" have 5.
IDC projects Android will remain the most shipped smartphone operating system
over the course of the five-year forecast though its share will peak this year.
According to market researcher IDC, the newest and as-yet least used smartphone operating system
will soon see Microsoft take up a competitive stake in the fiercely competitive market.
London, Feb 2 (ANI): Nokia's Symbian is no more the best smartphone operating system
- it has been toppled over by Google's Android.
Not only is it no longer the biggest smartphone operating system
provider in the U.