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Windows Phone overtakes BlackBerry, Android still rules

Windows Phone has overtaken BlackBerry in the smart phone hit parade -- but Android still dominates the market.

Windows Phone has overtaken BlackBerry in the smart phone hit parade. But as Windows Phone sales double, the latest figures reveal that Android still dominates.

BlackBerry's share of the smart phone market dropped by a third to 2.9 per cent, allowing Windows Phone to slide into third place after doubling sales from this time last year. The new lineup of BlackBerry 10 phones, beginning with the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10, has clearly yet to capture the public imagination; but perhaps that'll change with the budget-friendly BlackBerry Q5 landing this summer.

7 million Windows Phones were sold in the period in question, more than 5.6 million of which were Nokia Lumia phones.

To put that into perspective, the Samsung Galaxy S4 alone has sold 6 million. Samsung phones make up 41 per cent of all phones sold, making it the biggest mobile phone manufacturer in the world.

162 million Android phones were sold in the first quarter of 2013, according to the figures from market research bods IDC. Separately, Google says it's now activated an eye-watering 900m Android devices activated in total.

Apple sold a record 37 million iPhones at the start of 2013, a small rise over this time last year but not a patch on the growth spurts of Android and Windows Phone.

BlackBerry joins the lower-table likes of Linux and Symbian in seeing its sales slide. Symbian is doing particularly badly, sales slumping from more than 10 million last year to just over 1m in 2013.

Is Windows Phone starting to mount a serious challenge to the iPhone and Android? What can rivals do to topple Android's dominance? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or run the numbers on our Facebook wall.