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Smartphone wars: Two is company, but Microsoft, Apple, and Google is a crowd

According to new shipping data from the research firm IDC, Microsoft's Windows phone nudged its way past BlackBerry to claim third place during the first quarter of 2013.

You don't have to be a business guru to know the smartphone market is getting more crowded all the time. Recent shipping numbers from the global market research firm IDC bring that story into sharper focus.

Microsoft's Windows phone nudged its way past BlackBerry to claim third place during the first quarter of 2013. Shipments of Apple's iPhone are slowing down -- representing 17 percent of all smartphone shipments, down from 23 percent this time last year. Meanwhile, Android shipments have nearly doubled since the first quarter of 2012.

Fortune Magazine's Adam Lashinsky joins Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson to discuss the details behind the numbers and where the market is headed.



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IDC's information is already approaching obsolescence, with Jolla launching a new phone using their Sailfish OS soon (http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/20/4347524/jolla-the-movement-sailfish-os...), Ubuntu Touch deep into alpha testing (http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/05/installing-and-exp...), and Firefox OS baking away too (http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2013/05/04/my-first-look-at-firef...).

It'll be interesting to see what all the fallout for all this is, but unless these new platforms can attract developers to take advantage of the platforms' strengths I doubt they'll survive for very long.

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