Windows Phone Grows 119% Year On Year In Q1 2014

Another confirmation of success! ABI Research have verified that Microsoft’s mobile operating platform has continued its trajectory of growth on the mobile market, at a steady, if slow pace.

The research firm says that the platform grew by 119 percent in Q1 2014, compared to the same quarter a year back. Its overall market share, however, did not show any noticeable signs of ascension, and stayed rather firm at 3 percent.

Now, even though previous statistics hinted that Windows Phone actually slowed down its growth on a quarterly basis, ABI Research says that the platform also managed a positive showing here.

A 16 percent increase in Q1 2014 versus Q4 2013 may not be immense, but it is noticeable.

The report also talks about how sales of basic mobile phones fell in this time frame, and amusingly, Google reaped all the benefits. In the words of Nick Spencer, senior practice director, mobile devices:

“Interestingly, basic mobile phones lost 5% market share and Android picked up almost all of these users, suggesting Android is set to gain almost all of the billions of mobile subscribers still upgrading to smartphones.”

Speaking of which, Android solidified its dominant status among mobile operating systems, with a massive 80 percent market share. Some 300 million Android smartphones shipped in the first quarter of this year, a massive number by any count in three months.

And although Apple sales grew by 17 percent, iOS only managed 10 percent of total shipments.

The report caps it off by mentioning how Windows Phone is currently the only viable third ecosystem, after BlackBerry faded on all fronts, and Firefox is yet to make any significant impact, owning to its status as an overly affordable platform.

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  • Ray C

    This should not be a surprise. This is what happens when people think for themselves and have an open mind. Now all we need is for all the 8.1 devices to come out, marketing for them be good, and the GDR for 8.1 not take forever to get to everyone

  • Robert Kegel

    “The research firm says that the platform grew by 119 percent in Q1 2014, compared to the same quarter a year back. Its overall market share, however, did not show any noticeable signs of ascension, and stayed rather firm at 3 percent.”

    How does the platform grow but market share stay the same? If the platform is growing then more people are buying Windows Phone hence market share should go up.

    • Fahad Ali

      The other smartphones (mainly Android) also went up in sales. 🙂 Feature phones are on a steep decline, so this was to be expected. As long as Windows Phone keeps on chugging along, I say.

      Apple might be ready to shuffle things up next month with newer iPhone models, but really they just cater to the higher end.

      The only fight in mobile is Microsoft vs Google.

      • Robert Kegel

        I agree, apple making a 5.5″ iphone won’t make people who like Android or Windows Phones get an iphone. apple seems to think if they make a phone with a bigger screen they’ll convert people.

        Its great the Windows Phone is seeing growth, but unfortunately its mostly in other countries other than our own. Hopefully this will change.

    • Elaine1

      If more people buy phones, and android and iphones are involved in the sales. It’s the only thing that would make sense to me.

      • Robert Kegel

        I’d rather see those numbers go to Android than iphone…but I really hope people smarten up and see Windows Phone is pretty awesome.

        • Matthew Laws

          I agree with both comments. I hope people realize the awesomeness of the Windows Phone, but I do think Elaine hit the nail on the head with what happened. Still the numbers are encouraging.