Windows Phone market share drops below 1 percent
Microsoft launched its last Lumia handset, the Lumia 650, back in February this year. The decreasing number of Lumia handsets has certainly showed up in worldwide sales of Windows Phone smartphones. According to the latest Gartner report, Windows Phone sales went from 2.5 percent and 8.27 million units in Q1 2015 to 0.7 percent and 2.4 million units in Q1 2016.
The same report from Gartner says that as a whole, the smartphone market growth spurt seems to be coming to an end. In the first quarter of 2015, global smartphone sales grew 19.3% year-over-year. In the first quarter of 2016, they grew by just 3.9%. Still, Windows Phone has fared the worst of the major smartphones in this slowing growth, possibly due to delays in device releases and poor third-party manufacturer interest.
Last week Microsoft announced it would sell its entry-level phones business to HMD and Foxconn subsidiary FIH Mobile for $350 million. It also acquires Microsoft Mobile Vietnam, which along with its 4,500 employees were responsible for manufacturing the Nokia-branded feature phones.
Meanwhile, Blackberry continues to languish even further, dropping from 0.4 percent market share to 0.2 percent market share. iOS dropped from 17.9 percent to 14.8 percent, while Android saw a rise from 78.8 percent to 84.1 percent.