smartphone researchFueled by shipment growth from Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi and Samsung, Android-based smartphone shipments reached a record high 80.6% of global shipments in 3Q. Windows Phone shipments surged 165% higher year-over-year with Nokia accounting for 95%, according to the latest excerpts from ABI Research’s Mobile Handset Markets Research Service.

“The race for the third ecosystem is clearly favoring Windows Phone with 4% market share, over BlackBerry’s 1.5%, but there remains little opportunity for new market entrants to make a significant impact on Android’s dominance,” ABI senior analyst Michael Morgan commented.

Overall, smartphone shipments reached a record high share of overall mobile handset shipments for the third consecutive quarter in 3Q, accounting for 56% (244 million) of of a total 438 million shipped. Samsung maintained the leading position in mobile handset shipments while increasing its share of smartphone shipments, which rose to 35%. Apple’s share held steady at 14%.

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Apple management’s revenue guidance for 4Q indicates a record 53 million iPhones will ship in 4Q, ABI notes.

“Even with a record Q4 for the iPhone, Apple is only expected to achieve 18.7% market share which is down from the 22.6% Apple achieved in Q4 2012, due to Android’s growing dominance and the importance of emerging markets,” elaborated ABI senior practice director Nick Spencer.

Samsung maintained the leading position in mobile handset shipments while increasing its share of smartphone shipments, which rose to 35%.

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