Report: Windows Phone shows gains

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London—While the world smartphone market is still dominated by mobile software from Google Inc. and Apple Inc., Windows Phone devices have logged recent gains, according to a report by market research company Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. For the three months ended July 31, Windows Phone-powered devices—primarily driving Nokia Inc. phones such as the Lumia 520—reached an 8.2% market share in five major European markets, its highest level. In the U.S., the picture is different. Windows Phone-powered devices had a 3.5% market share, up half a percentage point from the year-earlier period. Google Android-powered phones had a 51.1% share, while Apple's iPhone had a 43.4% share. Among other smartphone brands, BlackBerry continued to lose market share, accounting for 1.2% of the U.S. smartphone market for the period, down from a 1.9% share in the year-earlier period.
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