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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Impressive
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 1st Oct 2013 18:51 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

I guess that goes to show you that it is possible to take market share these days, its just very expensive and time consuming. BlackBerry looks dead, maybe they just needed to double down for the next 2 years with a giant marketing push.

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RE: Impressive
by gan17 on Tue 1st Oct 2013 19:07 in reply to "Impressive"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

BlackBerry looks dead, maybe they just needed to double down for the next 2 years with a giant marketing push.

Blackberry's marketing "highpoint" these past few years was when the chavs in England started the riots with the help of BBM. They could've used that to market their brand to more chavs, but alas, RIM thought they were better than that. Beggars really can't afford to be choosers.

Joking aside, while I can't really give a rat's ass about Blackberry/RIM, it's still shame to see QNX die like this.

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RE[2]: Impressive
by jebb on Tue 1st Oct 2013 21:09 in reply to "RE: Impressive"
jebb Member since:
2006-07-06

Not gonna happen. At worst Blackberry will be sold for parts, and somebody else will pick QNX. The automotive infotainment market can only keep growing in the near to medium future, and QNX is pretty much the gold standard there.

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RE: Impressive
by Dano on Tue 1st Oct 2013 21:18 in reply to "Impressive"
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2006-01-22

You have to have the money to double down, but sometimes this strategy can work. I think it will this time as the Microsoft offering is pretty solid.

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RE[2]: Impressive
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 1st Oct 2013 22:12 in reply to "RE: Impressive"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Bingo. The barrier to entry is pretty dang high for a new mobile os. Higher than Nokia or Microsoft anticipated. The design of Windows phone isn't that bad, nor are the apps or hardware. Its just kind of scary when you think about the implications for Jolla, Ubuntu, or firefox OS phone. It ain't cheap to play, and making it to profitability requires huge scale.

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