Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Oct 2013 17:18 UTC, submitted by Hiev
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to August 2013, shows Windows Phone has posted its highest ever sales share of 9.2% across the five major European markets* and is now within one percentage point of iOS in Germany. Android remains the top operating system across Europe with a 70.1% market share, but its dominant position is increasingly threatened as growth trails behind both Windows and iOS.

Good news for Microsoft - bad news for Apple. Of course, we'll have to see how the iPhone 5S and 5C affect these numbers.

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That largely depends on the uncertainty over Nokia's financials moving forward being resolved, which was not the case in the eyes of the BOD.

Plus, further success warrants further investment, probably beyond the scope of what the Board was able to stomach. It is a gamble either way, and to them taking Microsoft's money now was a better gamble.

Windows Phone is doing well, but it will take time until the market share translates into an installed base and the success becomes self sustaining -- there's a good deal of pump priming to be done.

Nokia from what their proxy materials say considered all options, including terminating their existing agreement with Microsoft, going with Android, and being bought out.

Q3 and Q4 will tell us more. I expect around 9 - 9.5 million units shipped in Q3.

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