Worldwide shipments of the Windows operating system are forecast to reach 30 million in 2012, rising to 138 million in 2016, according to Portio Research. Annual shipments of Windows enabled smartphones will surpass Symbian shipments in 2013, then Windows will surpass BlackBerry OS shipments in 2014, and Windows will hold a steady and solid, growing third place after iOS and market leader Android, through to 2016 and beyond.
In Western Europe, Android accounted for 54 percent of OS shipments in 2012, up from 50 percent in 2011; followed by iOS with 24 percent (23% in 2011) and BlackBerry in 3rd place with 10 percent (14% in 2011). Windows OS shipments accounted for 7 percent of the market in 2012, up from 1 percent in 2011. In Eastern Europe, Android accounted for 61 percent of OS shipments in 2012 (53% in 2011); followed by iOS with 13 percent (12% in 2011), BlackBerry with 7 percent (11% in 2011) and Symbian with 7 percent (23% in 2011). Windows accounted for 11 percent of shipments in Eastern Europe in 2011, up from 1 percent in 2011.
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