Speaking of Windows Phone – it seems like it’s not happening.
Telecom executives for years have trumpeted the need for a new cellphone platform to provide a counterweight to the dominance of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. Maybe it could be BlackBerry. Or maybe Windows.
Or maybe not. According to the data from IDC, the two top players are only getting stronger, grabbing 96.4% of global smartphone shipments in the second quarter, up from 92.6% a year ago.
Windows Phone’s share of shipments fell to 2.5% of the total from 3.4% a year ago, as shipments dropped by more than 9%. BlackBerry’s share fell to 0.5% from 2.8% – below the market share of the “other” category – amid a total collapse in shipments.
This is a two-horse race, and the rest is fighting over the scraps. Those scraps are enough for newcomers such as Jolla, who don’t really need the massive numbers to keep a small company alive, but it’s the death knell for platforms from larger, established companies with demanding shareholders.
So far, the whole Windows Phone experiment has been a disaster for Microsoft (and Nokia). They’ve had to pour so much money into Windows Phone just to keep it alive that it will take them 5-10 years before they will ever make any profit on the platform – and that’s assuming it actually takes off. If it continues to muddle as it does now, it will remain a huge money pit – and at some point, shareholders and the new CEO will question its existence.