Research firm IDC found that Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) share of the smartphone market decreased from 16.6 percent a year ago to 13.2 percent in the second quarter of this year, a decline the firm attributed to the fact that Apple hasn't released a new iPhone in close to a year. "The iOS decline in the second quarter aligns with the cyclicality of iPhone," said IDC analyst Ramon Llamas. "Without a new product launch since the debut of the iPhone five nearly a year ago, Apple's market share was vulnerable to product launches from the competition. But with a new iPhone and revamped iOS coming out later this year, Apple is well-positioned to re-capture market share."
During the same period Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android increased its share from 69.1 percent to 79.3 percent in the second quarter of this year. IDC said Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo and ZTE accounted for 62.5 percent of the Android phones shipped during the second quarter.
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Interestingly, IDC found that Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year market share gains, growing 77.6 percent (from 3.1 percent of the market a year ago to 3.7 percent of the market in the second quarter). IDC said 81.6 percent of all the Windows Phone devices sold during the second quarter carried Nokia's (NYSE:NOK) brand.
BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) came in fourth place with an 11 percent drop in market share. Release