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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emb3dd3d
Member since:
2013-10-02

surely people want it for the features of the phone and not the OS upon it.. I would care less about the os If I could or someone would hack it and make it work with android... I would buy one in a heartbeat.. Of course you will have to deal with the patent police and everything else M$ could throw at ya..

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glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

Nokia already made Android work on their phones. And according to an article in the NYT it wasn't hard to do either.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/behind-microsoft-deal-the-...

Not surprising since Android supports a much wider variety of hardware and Nokia had lots of Linux experience already.

Haven't looked to see if there are custom ROMs available for Lumias.

They are beautiful, tough handsets. It would certainly be nice to have one that you could put a different OS on if that was what you preferred.

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Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

That comment assumes quite a bit. The biggest assumption is that Window Phone 8 actually needs to be replaced by an Android distribution. Have you actually tried Windows Phone 8?

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glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

That comment assumes quite a bit. The biggest assumption is that Window Phone 8 actually needs to be replaced by an Android distribution. Have you actually tried Windows Phone 8?


He may be assuming it needs to be replaced. Long term sales figures seem to back that up. Even though Nokia has almost 90% of the niche and a big increase in sales lately their Devices and Services division is still projected to lose about 2% for Q3 '13.

All the sales and no profits ; what does that say? Especially since that includes multi-billon dollar partner payments from MSFT.

He appears to be declaring that he doesn't want even a great phone like one from the Lumia series with WP8 on it and would want one if something else were available on it. That's a preference, not an assumption.

You seem to be implying that he hasn't tried it and that if he had he wouldn't want something else. What evidence can you present to support that?

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jnemesh Member since:
2008-04-08

Yes, it sucks, HARD. Your argument is very very very tired. Anyone criticizes WP, all you hear back is "have you used it yet?" Like that will change people's mind! Yes, I used it, found NONE of the apps I regularly use, and promptly told the sales puke to show me a better phone with more apps.

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