The popularity of Windows Phone continues to grow, and that’s even before the arrival of Windows Phone 8 later this year.

However, such was the gap in the market share that Microsoft’s smartphone operating system still accounts for only 3.2 per cent of all smartphone devices. 

According to data analyst Canalys, 5.1 million Windows Phone devices were sold globally in Q2 of 2012. This is in comparison to the same period in 2011, when just 1.3 million Windows Phone devices were sold. This means Microsoft can boast an annual growth of 277.3 per cent, more than twice as much as Android, the market leader. 

Yet despite this rise Windows Phone still remains fifth in the global smartphone market behind Android, iOS, BlackBerry and even Symbian.

However, with BlackBerry having to delay the release of BlackBerry 10 and Symbian looking more tired and dated, the arrival of Windows Phone 8 in October could propel Microsoft into the midst of iOS and Android.

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