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Windows Phone's smartphone market share

Anyone heard any recent figures for Windows Phone's smartphone market share? Is it increasing much?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  May. 21, 2014 at 11:45

Depends on who you ask...
It seems in the US and China the share of devices running WP has dropped.
http://blogs.computerworld.com/windows-phone/23856/windows-phone-share-drops-worlds-largest-markets-and-stutters-europe

But then: the 'share' of iPads in the tablet segment has dropped, too - while Apple sold more
iPads.
I cannot find actual sales figures - which would be nonsense, anyway - because they would be based on shipments, not sales to endusers.

The worldwide share is something like 3.9%. So says the IDC http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/windows-phone-to-be-fastest-growing-mobile-os-says-idc/ Which makes it the '3rd ecosystem'... LOL

Ex-Nokian grudgehold champion Tommi Ahonen wrote a detailed piece in April,
dissecting the market and Windows Phone in it. http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2014/04/the-microsoft-handset-opportunity-with-nokia-the-full-analysis-of-potential-its-not-looking-good.html It's a long piece, and so full of twists and turns, that I'm not sure what
he is saying. I'm also not sure whether he claims numbers are up or down. I think both... ;)

Read it if you dare.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 21, 2014 at 11:45

Depends on who you ask...
It seems in the US and China the share of devices running WP has dropped.
http://blogs.computerworld.com/windows-phone/23856/windows-phone-share-drops-worlds-largest-markets-and-stutters-europe

But then: the 'share' of iPads in the tablet segment has dropped, too - while Apple sold more
iPads.
I cannot find actual sales figures - which would be nonsense, anyway - because they would be based on shipments, not sales to endusers.

The worldwide share is something like 3.9%. So says the IDC http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/windows-phone-to-be-fastest-growing-mobile-os-says-idc/ Which makes it the '3rd ecosystem'... LOL

Ex-Nokian grudgehold champion Tommi Ahonen wrote a detailed piece in April,
dissecting the market and Windows Phone in it. http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/brands/2014/04/the-microsoft-handset-opportunity-with-nokia-the-full-analysis-of-potential-its-not-looking-good.html It's a long piece, and so full of twists and turns, that I'm not sure what
he is saying. I'm also not sure whether he claims numbers are up or down. I think both... ;)

Read it if you dare.

JanSt / MOD  May. 21, 2014 at 12:15

Personal observation: I'm in Ireland. Small market, and hardly in a comparison basket
with the UK or China.
But the past 6 months has seen a big shift here: All networks now carry WP devices - with new models added on launch day - not months later as it used to be. The Lumia 520 as a quality budget phone helped bring the OS into more pockets. Resultingly, the 925 and other more highend models have done okay (-ish).

I have used a Lumia 1520 for 2 weeks. I installed the developer preview of WP8.1 on it, and what can I say: I use it a lot more than intended. I hate MS and I'm no fan of devices over 4.5 in (i.e. 'phablets'?), but the OS has really, really improved a LOT!
Consider: You can run GTA San Andreas on a WP device with a piffly 512MB of RAM. No small achievement. Now, on the Lumia 1520 lag just doesn't happen. You can minimise GTA, get your background updates and notifications for 3 busy Twitter accounts, edit and upload a
photo in FULL resolution, and go back to GTA.... AND: 90 mins of GTA and the battery's dropped 5% -10% (depending on your screen brightness etc). It's a very efficient OS.

Also: the build quality of the Lumias is second to none. Maybe people have tired of a design that still borrows from the old N9. But: regardless, The 1020 and 1520 especially are not only flawless in quality, they feel as if you can use them them to drive nails into concrete.

There are still problems with the OS and its 3rd party apps situation. No mistake.
Twitter addicts probably want to hold on to an Android or iOS device. And many other apps stink or are simply absent... No good Google apps. None of those gorgeous Yahoo apps
that win accolades on iOS. Not one photo editor with the ease and
clever UI of, say, Snapseed.

But that aside: at this point the OS is a valid contestant. Though both iOS and Android do things better than WP, WP also does certain things better than either of the 2.
The most bizarre example is this: I have a Linux laptop and a Macbook. Ironically, it is easier and less convoluted to sync the 1520 with the Mac and to transfer content without sync between the two, than it is to sync an iPhone with iTunes and iPhoto. Considering that
on launch of WP7 it wasn't at all possible to connect a WP device to a Mac, it shows how far the OS has come.

And now that WP8.1 added things like a notification bar, and something akin to 'widgets' (not quite there, yet, but almost); and also more 'theming' options to (almost) get rid completely of those crayola tile aesthetics.... well, more people might rty it.

I'm also very impressed by the MS Developer Program. You need to join to get WP8.1.
The whole process from joining to starting to download WP8.1 took 5 minutes. Tops. Your Lumia is branded? No problem. 520 or 1520? No problem. Prompt updates and all the IMPORTANT bugs fixed? Tick!
They clearly work with all heads working. At a time when Apple fix the awful iOS 7.1 with the atrocious iOS7.1.1 and when Google and its handset partners break the promise of KitKat being THE ONE to fit all handsets, it IS very refreshing to see WP 8.1 keeping its promise and then some.
Still... I'm not quite sold. I don't like MS. If I did - I wouldn't use a 1520 loaner. I'd buy one.

inquisitiveme  May. 21, 2014 at 13:54

Thanks Jan! Plenty to mull over there :D

shuwaz  May. 25, 2014 at 23:19

WM has won our workplace over.

I've got the Lumia 925 and it's fabulous. No WA (Whatsapp) since last week (when I received it) but hey, its a work phone so... phew! But saying that I probably would buy one as a personal phone if it did have WA.

JanSt / MOD  May. 26, 2014 at 01:30

WM has won our workplace over.

I've got the Lumia 925 and it's fabulous. No WA (Whatsapp) since last week (when I received it) but hey, its a work phone so... phew! But saying that I probably would buy one as a personal phone if it did have WA.
I love the 925. Have you installed WP8.1,yet? If NOT, do IT!

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