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It must suck to be Blackberry or Windows right now as the latest smartphone figures coming out from Gartner makes for extremely grim reading for them.

According to the figures, iOS and Android are the 2 undisputed kings of the market and account for an insanely high 99.6 percent of all smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2016. 

This isn't really new as iOS and Android have been ruling the market for a while now, but the numbers do make for fascinating reading.

Of the 432 million smartphones sold in the last quarter, 352 million ran Android (81.7 percent) and 77 million ran iOS (17.9 percent), but what happened to the other players? Well, in the same quarter, Windows Phone managed to round up 0.3 percent of the market, while BlackBerry was reduced to a rounding error. The once-great firm sold just over 200,000 units, amounting to 0.0 percent market share.

You can see the figures yourself below.


Worldwide smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2016. (Thousands of units.) Image: Gartner




It's pretty remarkable when you consider that a little while ago (3 years) analysts were predicting that Microsoft’s mobile OS would overtake iOS for market share in 2017, while BlackBerry would still be hanging around as a sizable (if small) player.

In this latest report, there's no mention of Microsoft growing or catching up tp the Android or iOS, but it is speculated that the smartphone market continues to shift. 


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