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According to new statistics from Gartner, Windows Phones have been moved from their own category and added to the “Others” section due to their low sales share. In 2017, the entire “Others” category sold just 1.49 million devices, which is a significant decline from the 11.3 million units sold in 2016.

Windows Phones are now officially out of the equation. We all knew that this would eventually happen but we still keep on getting some sort of news which proves that this is true. This time, the news is from Gartner.

Gartner has collected the sales statistics of smartphones and has unsurprisingly found that Android phones and iPhones rule the market, with Android taking a huge chunk of the sales share.

A million or even less Windows Phones sold. Numbers suggest

Windows Phone and other mobile devices sales figure
Windows Phone and other mobile devices sales figure | Image Courtesy: Gartner

In these new statistics, Gartner removed the name Windows Phones and added it to the Others section. The sales share of Windows Phones is now so low that they have been moved into the other sections with Blackberry OS and Symbian OS. The Others section has only a 0.1% sales share.

In the year 2017, the entire category of others sold only 1.49 million devices.

This is a huge step down from 11.3 million units in 2016.

Android is the obvious market leader, with a whopping 85.9% sales share, up from 84.8% the previous year. Sales figures show that 1.32 billion Android devices were sold in 2017, compared to 1.26 billion in 2016.

Apple is in the second spot with a share of 14%, down from 14.4% in the previous year. In terms of actual numbers, Apple still sold a respectable 214 million iPhones, a decrease from 216 million in the previous year.

Android has a huge lead when compared to iPhones, and we shouldn’t even think about comparing it with the share of Windows Phones.

But keep in mind that Apple sells only iPhones, and there are hundreds of manufacturers selling Android devices. This simply means that iOS will not suffer the fate of Windows phones anywhere in the near or far future.

Anshul Gupta, who is the research director at Gartner, said:

“The competition in the smartphone market is unabated at this time of the year. Ahead of MWC, several phone manufacturers such as Samsung, HMD (Nokia), Asus and LG have announced that they will launch new Android smartphones”

As expected, no known manufacturers will release smartphones running Windows 10 mobile. Even Microsoft has said that they won’t be making any new hardware running Windows 10 mobile.

So, what can the desperate fans expect from Microsoft? – Andromeda

Microsoft is expected to release a foldable and portable device “Andromeda” running a lighter version of Windows 10 with telephony later this year.

For those who are wondering about the lighter version of Windows, stay tuned for Microsoft’s annual Build Conference, which will take place on May 7, 2018.

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Abhijith M B

Abhijith was a former contributing editor for Windows Latest. At Windows Latest, he has written on numerous topics, ranging from Windows to Microsoft Edge. Abhijith holds a degree in Bachelor's of Technology, with a strong focus on Electronics and Communications Engineering. His passion for Windows is evident in his journalism journey, including his articles that decoded complex PowerShell scripts.