It was quite obvious that Windows Mobile and BlackBerry OS were virtually out of the market and this recent report gives a confirmation to this. According to the report, a total of 99.6 percent new smartphones sold by the end of last year ran either Android or iOS.
These numbers come from Gartner, a famous research and advisory firm based in America. According to their report, Android and iOS are the new rulers of the smartphone market holding a share much larger than their competition. In fact, all other operating systems combined couldn’t capture even a percent of the market.
Windows Mobile and BlackBerry OS continued with their downfall and settled with a negligible market share. A total of 1.1 million smartphones running Windows Mobile OS were sold in Q4 2016, against 4.4 million in Q4 2015. During the same periods, the sale of BlackBerry OS running smartphones took a dive from 906,000 to 208,000 units. With these number, Windows settled with 0.3 percent and BlackBerry with 0.0 percent market share for Q4 2016.
The study by Gartner also reveals that Apple has this time managed to grab the top spot, pushing Samsung to the second. Apple shipped a total of 77 million iPhones during the last quarter against 76.8 million by Samsung. The major factor behind these numbers is the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 and all the happenings around it.
But Samsung still managed to hold the top spot with overall sales of the year 2016. Samsung shipped 306 million smartphones with a market share of 20.5 percent, which dropped from 22.5 percent during the previous year. Both Huawei and Oppo saw a jump in their sales and grabbed third and fourth spot respectively in the list.