After launching Windows Phone, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been very vocal about its ambitions of becoming the No. 3 operating system platform behind Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG). The iOS and Android duopoly strengthened further in the first quarter, gobbling up 92.3% of smartphone market share, according to the most recent estimates out of IDC.
That stated goal would inevitably entail overtaking Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY). The Canadian company’s market share has been sliding for years at the hands of iOS and Android, making Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s job a little easier. Well, the software giant has done exactly what it set out to do.
Congratulations, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT).
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has overtaken Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) by a hair, with its 3.2% market share sliding ahead of Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s 2.9%. That’s a testament to Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) gaining traction with its Lumia lineup, even though increasing Lumia shipments haven’t been enough to impress investors.
Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) shipped 5.6 million Lumias in the first quarter, which represents a whopping 80% of the total 7 million Windows Phones that were shipped. The remaining 1.4 million is split between other OEMs HTC and Samsung. Huawei recently unveiled a Windows Phone 8 targeting prepaid consumers, but that was after the first quarter. All three of those manufacturers have a heavy focus on Android, so they have less to gain from Windows Phone’s rise. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Android is very much the reason why Samsung is the top vendor in the world.
It’s not surprising that Symbian posted the biggest decline of all platforms, down 89% from a year ago. Nokia has effectively abandoned the platform, but the silver lining is that Lumia sales are strong.
The figures also underscore the ceiling that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is running into. Its 7% growth severely underperformed the 42% growth in total smartphone shipments. This isn’t news, as IDC released its vendor estimates in April that conveyed the same comparison. The platform estimates are just a gloomy reminder.
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) continues to mounts it turnaround on the backs of its Z10, Q10, and freshly unveiled Q5. With Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) only leading by a hair, it wouldn’t take much for Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) to reclaim its No. 3 title.
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Fool contributor Evan Niu, CFA, owns shares of Apple. The Motley Fool recommends Apple and Google. The Motley Fool owns shares of Apple, Google, and Microsoft.
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