Windows Phone market share tumbles below 3%
But Windows Phone could sign more manufacturing partners in the second half of 2014, IDC said, including BLU, Micromax, Prestigio, and Yezz. In addition to now owning Nokia, Microsoft is already working with a manufacturers Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava, Lenovo, LG, Longcheer and ZTE.
In late May, IDC predicted Windows Phone would take a 3.5% share of the smartphone market for all of 2014, with 43.3 million smartphones shipped. However, the second quarter shipments of 7.4 million Windows Phones indicates that 43.3 million shipments for the year could be unreachable.
Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker that’s credited with 29.3% of all Android-power smartphone shipments for the quarter, still has not seen significant impact with the Tizen OS, IDC noted.
BlackBerry volumes were also up slightly in the second quarter over the first, but were 78% lower than a year ago, at 1.5 million smartphones. That puts BlackBerry at 0.5% market share, down from 2.8% in the second quarter of 2013.
The record 301.3 million smartphones shipped in the second quarter was an increase of 25.3% of the 240.5 million shipped in the second quarter of 2013, IDC said.