Tangentially, I can’t find a single local retailer (including Verizon and Microsoft stores) that has a clue about when the new (and officially available as of this week) HTC 8X will be on display/available at their store; it’s going to be a challenge to raise Windows Phone market share, if the retail channel isn’t supporting it
“The drop in the third quarter is most likely due to the fourth-quarter launch of Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 7 devices are not upgradeable to Windows Phone 8.
The big leap from a year ago comes from Android, which now holds about 72 to 75 percent of the market, up from 53 to 58 percent a year ago, according to the two research firms.
Here's IDC's chart:”