When people think of smartphones, iOS and Android are the first operating systems that generally come to mind. The two have a stranglehold on the market, but there are still smaller battles occurring on the lower end of the sales spectrum between Windows Phone, Blackberry, Linux, and Symbian.
According to a report from IDC, a big shift has occurred during the first quarter of 2013. Windows Phone actually managed to overtake Blackberry to become the third most popular mobile operating system. It accounted for 3.2 percent of all smartphone shipments, while Blackberry made up 2.9 percent.
Of the Windows Phones sold, an estimated 79 percent of them were Nokia models. Since Nokia started creating Windows Phones, it has shipped 20.3 million units of them. Of course, other companies sell devices based on Microsot's mobile OS, but in most cases, they are secondary to their Android devices.
Blackberry released BB10 recently, so the data does not necessarily reflect how well it will do once it catches on. What's more, the Z10 was only released in March in the US, which does not give it much time to contribute to the sales figures. Still, releasing a new OS should have caused a surge in sales, so it seems at least a little concerning that BlackBerry was overtaken in the same quarter it released a huge upgrade.
Android and iOS still hold the number one and two spots in terms of smartphones sales. Android held 75 percent of the market share and iOS had 17.3 percent. Clearly, in spite of the shift in sales of the less popular operating systems, it's still a two horse race, with Android in control of the market overall.
The Nokia Lumia 928 is powered by an 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 2,000mAh battery running Windows Phone 8. The screen is 4.5″ in diagonal with 768 x 1,280 pixels resolution. Last but not least, The Lumia 928 sports Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.
The BlackBerry Q10 is part of the new "10" family of BlackBerry running it's BB10. The Q10 carries a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of system memory, 8-megapixel camera and 16GB of flash memory. The QWERTY board takes up plenty of real estate which only leaves room for a 3.1-inch AMOLED screen operating at 720 x 720 pixels.
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