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The fastest growing smartphone market, China and its environs, appears to prefer locally produced hardware – as strong sales have pushed Lenovo into third place in the worldwide rankings, according to the latest data from Gartner. The analyst house reported that Lenovo scooped 5.1 per cent of the market for smartphones, however …

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Perspective

"The winner of this quarter is Microsoft which grew 123 percent."

That's one way of looking at it.

Another way of looking at it is to say their smartphone market share has increased to 3.6% globally.

Somewhat less impressive.

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Re: Perspective

A couple of years ago, the marketshare for Windows Mobile + Windows Phone was around 3.6%. Now that Windows Mobile is gone, Windows Phone has grown in its place to give Microsoft a marketshare of 3.6%.

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Bought one

I bought a Lenovo A820 from China and had much fun with it. Cheap, bright, well-sized sharp screen and fast, if slightly limited in colour resolution and sensors. The Chinese have some good flashing software and systems to make repairing and customizing Android on these devices relatively straightforward. The sheer range of newly released devices is mind-boggling. They can sometimes be slow to upgrade your device to the newest versions of Android, but then so can most.

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Difference of opinion

For the leading Smart phone data by vendor view the 2013 Q3 chart from Canalys http://www.canalys.com/chart/chart.php?id=33&cs=1e97d7e510d1

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