Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) and BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) Continue to Lose Market Share in the Smartphone Market


Both Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) are trying their best to reduce the dominance of Android and iOS in the smartphone OS market, but it seems they are not trying hard enough. The latest research report from IDC on smartphone shipments in the second quarter of 2014 show that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) and BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)  have yet again lost considerable market share in smartphone OS market and have now been reduced to niche players.

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Windows Phone saw its shipments decline from 8.2 million units in the second quarter of 2013 to 7.4 million units in the same period of 2014, a decline of 9.4% year on year. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Windows Phone commanded a 3.4% market share in the second quarter of 2013, which is now reduced to just 2.5%. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has had the most spectacular downfall in smartphone shipment, the company had shipped 6.7 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2013, while in the same quarter of 2014 it shipped only 1.5 million smartphones, a staggering decline of 78% year on year. BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)  has also lost half its market share, in the second quarter of 2013 it had a market share of 1.2%, which in the second quarter of 2014 stands at 0.6%.

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