Globally, the smartphone market is dominated by Android, with iPhone taking a strong second place, and Windows Phone and BlackBerry scrapping it out lower down. In Latin America, however, it seems things are turning out differently. Microsoft has press-released stats from IDC’s Mobile Phone Tracker service claiming that Windows Phone is now the second ‘most widely used’ OS in Latin America, having overtaken BlackBerry and iPhone in the last year. That includes second place in terms of market share in Mexico, Colombia and Peru, and third place in Argentina, Chile and Brazil. “During this year’s Mobile World Congress, we set ourselves the goal of being the second most widely used mobile platform in Latin America by the end of 2013, and we are overjoyed to be able to announce that these reports show that we have achieved this five months before the end of the year,” says Microsoft’s Liliana González. Microsoft’s partnership with Nokia appears to be driving this growth, which in turn may mean the Nokia Music service is finding a big audience in Latin America.

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