Windows smartphone shipments plunged 35% year-on-year in 2015 Q3

Windows smartphone shipments plunged 35% year-on-year in 2015 Q3

According to the latest statistics released by market research firm Gartner on Wednesday, the shipments of Windows smartphones nose-dived during the July-September 2015 quarter, plunging 35 percent from the same quarter shipments last year.

The significant year-on-year drop in the Windows smartphone shipments in the 2015 third quarter came after Microsoft’s announcement of a major retrenchment of its smartphone business. The July-September quarter was the first full quarterly period since the announcement of Microsoft’s strategic retreat from the smartphone arena.

Going by the figures shared by Gartner, the total number of worldwide smartphone shipments recorded in the 2015 third quarter was 353 million units. Out of these total smartphone shipments, the number of handsets powered by the Windows mobile operating software was less than 6 million units.

As such, the share of Windows smartphones in the total smartphone shipments across the world in the 2015 third quarter - according to Gartner’s figures - was barely 1.7 percent. In comparison, the share of Windows smartphones in the total smartphone shipments during the 2014 third quarter was 3 percent.

Revealing that Windows smartphone shipments during the 2015 third quarter plunged in some of the software’s major strongholds, Gartner analyst Roberta Cozza said in a recent interview: "In both Latin America and in emerging markets, there were strong declines.”

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