Android currently dominates the global market, with a 66.6 percent market share, as far as the second quarter of this year is concerned. A report from Canaccord has suggested that Windows Phone has the potential to be a viable third ecosystem and to finish out 2013 with 10 percent of the smartphone market. By Canaccord's figures, Microsoft now controls a 5.9 percent share. "In fact," wrote Walkley, "we believe the Windows 8 launch for PCs and tablets combined with the Apollo OS launch for smartphones in Q4/12 should result in Windows emerging as a more compelling option for consumers."
While Nokia is Microsoft's primary partner, a number of other handset makers also have designs for the OS. Hence, Gizbot has come up with a list of top 5 upcoming Windows 8 OS based smartphones which will hit the stores this year.