Windows Mobile still outselling Windows Phone 7

Windows Mobile still outselling Windows Phone 7We have a whole heap of new phone sales data to digest thanks to the good folks over at Gartner, revealing the smartphone market share situation for Q1 for both platforms and manufacturers across the planet.

But while there are certainly some interesting facts to mull over, such as the fact that 100 million new smartphones were sold in the first three months of the year, the real eye-opener is that clunky old Windows Mobile is actually still outselling Windows Phone 7.

First, though, the big numbers from the Gartner report. Android is the comfortable leader in terms of total units sold, and now holds a 36% share of the world's smartphone sales, versus just 9.6% a year ago. Symbian is still in second place, but has seen a 44% hold shrink to just 27% – and much, much lower than that in markets like the US and UK.

Next up is iOS with just under 17%, which is a small increase year-on-year, while RIM has 13% and Microsoft 4%.

But note that we say Microsoft, and not Windows Phone 7, as it turns out the figure of 3.6 million units sold is for all Microsoft operating systems. Dig a little deeper and it's revealed that Windows Phone 7 itself only accounted for 1.6 million of that total, leaving a full 2 million for the effectively defunct Windows Mobile 6.5.

But though it might be a surprise to hear, the truth is Microsoft has been very selective in where it's chosen to roll out Windows Phone 7, and in a lot of markets it's still clearing Windows Mobile stock. Let's not forget, after all, that not too long ago the likes of the HTC HD2 was being held up as one of the best smartphones around, despite the limitations of the Microsoft OS running on board.

Still, it does give some insight as to why Windows Phone 7's advance has been so slow. You can't help but thinking if there were just a few more phones to choose from (including some cheap ones, and anything at all with a dual-core processor... in fact, any new phones at all on the platform), and Microsoft would market them a bit more visibly, WinPho would be a lot further down the road than it is right now.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 19, 2011 at 13:28

"limitation" in HD 2's OS? What limitations? Winmo 6.5 is definitely not 'pretty' once you leave the Sense surface behind, but winmo 6.5 has probably fewer 'limitations' than any other smartphone OS. There is little (comparatively) it doesn't do out of the box, and for everything else there's a tweak.
But yes, 2 Irish networks are still selling it. And they sell more HD2 s than all wp7 handsets combined. Vodafone also just re-launched the Htc Touch Pro 2. That too is outselling Vf's wp7 range.

gwenne  May. 19, 2011 at 13:52

We can see from the figures that Windows Phone 7 has failed.

When you divide the poor sales with the number of handsets sold, it gets even worse, and is into Kin territory. It's now only a matter of time before the whole Windows Phone platform is cancelled.

drmarioyoong  May. 20, 2011 at 02:53

I have been using HTC HD2 for more than a year and have not really come across much limitations. It is a good phone and has a lot of possibilities. I managed to tweak it and installed many fine programs. I have even installed 2 GPS (Garmin & Papago) and both are functioning beautifully. Now I am now considering of installing a dual booth Android 2.2 or 2.3 to further enjoy the best of 2 worlds (having Android and WinMo 6.5 side be side). This phone has been discontinued but there are still so much possibilities that we can continue to tap into. Just check out the Xda website. I noticed that Window 7 can also be installed in this phone but I rather opt for Android than go for Win 7. Intend to keep this lovely phone for at least another year. Cheers.

martinjjames / MOD  May. 22, 2011 at 21:27

Jan and drmarioyoong

Maybe 'limitations' was the wrong word. What I meant was that even when the HD2 was a current phone in markets like the UK, we all already knew Microsoft was putting WinMo out to pasture, and while more confident users like yourselves who're happy to put in a little effort will find plenty of tweaks and possibilities for keeping the HD2's appeal going, for the average punter that's likely to be seen as a limitation when choosing a new phone. Good to see the HD2 still has its fans, though. There certainly isn't the same love for the HD7, is there?

JanSt / MOD  May. 22, 2011 at 22:00

Yes, I guess I knew what point you were making ;)
I just wanted to show that classic some love.
Although: a good friend of mine is a complete anti-geek, but eventually she had to have a smartphone with email etc... On my recommendation she went from a Nokia 1110 to the Htc HD2. She had zero problems, and though she tried an Arc and IPhone since she still prefers the HD2. Why? She says the other 2 were 'limited'. :D

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