t’s officially a two-horse race – IDC puts Windows Phone shipments for the first quarter of 2017 at a meager 0.1%. This matches the 0.1% share of the “Others” category (most competing OSes are now discontinued, even Tizen’s fate seems uncertain).

Android is the ruling OS with a solid 85% market share (it seems to hover around that point). This left the other 15% to iOS, but there’s a cycle – Q3 is a weak quarter, then the next-gen iPhones land in Q4 and iOS jumps several points.

Huawei is catching up, with an increase to 34.6 million units shipped in Q1 2017. Like Samsung, the company has a balanced portfolio of high-end (P10, Mate 9) and low/mid-range (Y series and Honor).

Oppo is also on the rise, the R9s in particular was a strong seller. Curiously, the company is stronger outside of its home country – it’s poplar in the rest of Asia and to some extent the Middle East and Africa. Improved after-sales services were called out as a positive factor.

Vivo’s story is similar, except the hero is the x9 and the country is India – the company sponsored the Indian Premier League and added more exclusive stores in the country. Single-day phone repairs in Indonesia are proving popular too.

IDC notes the the average selling price – $220 in Q1 2017 – has been declining and will continue to do so. The firm expects the average price to drop to $198 in 2021 when a whopping 1.5 billion Android phones are expected to ship out.

And what of Microsoft and its Windows Phone platform? (Or is it Windows 10 Mobile now? Does it matter?) There was a precipitous drop of 80.9% to a paltry 1.1 million units shipped in the quarter. The “Surface phone” is clearly not happening and Redmond is doing little to encourage the few remaining WP partners.

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