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Android and iOS account for 96.3% of smartphones shipments

It’s hard to say that BlackBerry and Windows Phone “compete” against Android and iOS when you consider the fact that the latter two accounted for 96.3% of all smartphone shipments last quarter. That means that BlackBerry and Windows Phone, as well as Tizen and a few others, had to fight over the 3.7% of scraps that the mobile OS duopoly left for them. 

The latest numbers from research firm IDC reveal that the smartphone market continues to be a largely two-horse race between iOS and Android, which accounted for 19.7% and 76.6% market share in the fourth quarter respectively. The mobile operating systems combined to dominate Windows Phone, BlackBerry and all other platforms with 96.3% market share during the three-month period ending December. iOS increased 2.2 percentage points to 19.7% during the fourth quarter over its 15.1% market share in the year-ago quarter, while Android experienced a marginal year-over-year decline as its market share slipped from 78.2% to 76.6%. Apple shipped a record-breaking 192.7 million iPhones during 2014 on the strength of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, while overall Android device shipments on the year surpassed the 1 billion mark.

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