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Windows Phone hits record market share, Android continues to dominate everywhere but the U.S.

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Windows Phone hits record market share, Android continues to dominate everywhere but the U.S.
The trends that we've been seeing in the smartphone market look to be continuing. Android, not surprisingly, is grabbing more share, and leading the way. iOS is holding steady in the number two spot. Windows Phone is continuing to separate itself as the clear number three, and a potential threat to iOS down the road. And, also not surprisingly, BlackBerry and Symbian continue to disappear from the market. 

According to the new data from Kantar, Windows Phone has hit record market share levels in various regions of Europe, and now holds 8.2% of the market across UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Windows Phone is seeing the growth mostly in the low-end market with devices like the Nokia Lumia 520; and most of the growth is coming from attracting first-time smartphone buyers. The data shows that 42% of Windows Phone sales over the past year have been first-time smartphone buyers, while just 27% are users switching from either Android or iOS. 

The year-on-year numbers for Windows Phone are most impressive. Windows Phone has seen moderate growth in Germany where it holds 8.8% of the market (up 2.6% year-on-year) and Australia where it holds 7.4% of the market (up 2.4%). But, the platform has been exploding in Great Britain where it is up 5.2% year-on-year to stand at 9.2% of the market; France, where it is up 7.4% to stand at 11% of the market; and, Mexico where it is up a huge 10.5% to capture 12.5% of the market and take over as the number two platform in the country. 

Of course, while Windows Phone has been the big climber, as one goes up, others must go down, and in general it seems that BlackBerry is the platform giving up the most ground. Android is still comfortably number one across the board though, and doesn't seem to be in much danger of dropping anytime soon, except for in the U.S.. In America, Android has actually lost share over the past year, down 7.6% to 51.1% of the market, while iOS has made a move to gain 7.8% and land at 43.4% of the U.S. market. 

source: Kantar via WPCentral

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posted on 02 Sep 2013, 14:08 38

1. Seo_Joo_Hyun (Posts: 65; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


Thanks to Nokia

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 14:45 8

19. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And thanks to BB cratering.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 14:47 6

21. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


still no developers are budging.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 14:54 4

27. lalalaman (Posts: 636; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


For nt going for LAGDROID....that is hungry for power of 8 cores

Wp has not even some common feature like vpn,seperate volume controling, good music player and bundle of famous apps still it is rising immensly means it is something special......

I just know the 8.1 update will help it cross ios if apple don't get it right.......it the matter of time
I wish these numbers help get attention of cool developers so we can have even better experience on our phones ....

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 14:58 3

32. lalalaman (Posts: 636; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


HEEELLLLLLLOOOOO Developers.........can't u see.?
Plz help wp grow so we can have b8r experince

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:02 21

33. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lagdroid... What is this, 2011?

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:06

34. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


After 2GB of ram became the norm lag on android died.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:12 9

38. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


To be honest no Devs are interested in this platform! MS had to pay 1million to Devs to make apps for it's platform! Even carriers like Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile were all forced and selling the device for free to get sales pushing!

There only can be 2 OS that dominates, that's the 1 and only great "Android" along with iOs™ and 4th is NokiWp8
©

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:14 6

44. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


My s4 begs to differ

Face it theres still lag, you android fanboys always say theres no lag then when an update comes out you shout how now theres no lag and it goes on and on

Stop the sucking up to the robot...lag exists deal with it. It hasn't stopped me enjoying my device for the most part

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:14

45. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


And the S800, S600 along with the powerful mighty A15s, Tegra4 will "Revolutionize Android even more!
®

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:14 9

47. vandroid (Posts: 338; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


I give it a few years before wp is dead Ubuntu will replace that and bb

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:17 1

49. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15469; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Only in your dreams it did.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:27 10

52. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I don't know how many times I have to explain this to people... If you don't use a "smart" feature, then disable it. It eats up RAM in the background, and is useless if you don't use them. Disable them, set the animation settings to 0.5x in developer options under the settings and I guarantee you your problem will be gone.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:28 2

53. lalalaman (Posts: 636; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Wait there u mr TROLL...I dont knw wats ur point? I ve been seeing trolling every wp article....if love tht headache due to tht lags...just say it....:)

My point is that not every one of us is rich and wealthy like u.....there are some comprises.....we have to buy phone like galaxy pocket(lags like a snail) to enjoy smartphone experience.....and that's where lumia520 comes.....

The thing is that android lags with lownram andnprocessors and wp is a perfect solution......mark my words.....NOT EVERY ONE IS WEALTHY TO BUY 8 CORE PHONES.TO ENJOY LAG FREE EXPERIENCE.
WP IS THE SOLUTION

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:33 3

57. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Tegra is a FAIL. Tegra fell off from a cliff for Nvidia in the last reported quarter where Nvidia earned more from from it's licensing deals than it earned from Tegra line. I'll have to check their quarterly report but this is what i remember.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:34 9

58. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Kid ive done all that so dont talk down to people like you know more then them.

Its also rooted and ive hibernated many apps that would run in the background. Also quarantined some and removed alot of the bloatware.

So please dont, lag still exists and im ok with it due to the fact im not living in a fanboy world where android must be perfect

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:36 3

60. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Nexus 4 costs $199. 1.5GHz quad core S4 Pro makes it fly.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:40

63. lalalaman (Posts: 636; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Snap dragon is a love of all....it can run s4 even with 512 mb ram...lol to me...wat aim I'm sayig

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:48 2

64. lalalaman (Posts: 636; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Only in usa??? Lol I'm talking to dumb ppl....plz have mercy on me
In my country it costs around $400....rounded....how is tht..??doesn't even have fm radio and sd card capabilities. ?...lol

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:50

65. papss (unregistered)


Lol say that to s4

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 15:54 1

68. lalalaman (Posts: 636; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Consumes 300 mb ram on settings

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 16:24 3

72. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


I don't see it on my N4 like you're always making it out to be. Then again, I'm using stock Android.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 16:30 3

73. Eclectech (Posts: 226; Member since: 01 May 2013)


There absolutely is lag on the Samsung Galaxy S4 so you are right in that respect. Compare your phone to the HTC One, which performs much better.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 16:33 4

74. papss (unregistered)


My n4 never lagged either, I no longer have it but it was good. I disliked stock because it was to generic for me. The s4 on the other hand stutters often.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 16:40 3

75. Seo_Joo_Hyun (Posts: 65; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


BUT , it will still lag , too bad :(

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 16:44

77. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Exactly why I run custom launchers with themes, love the purity of vanilla, just not the looks.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 16:57 9

78. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I think things may change for Microsoft once Steve Balld'mer
retires. As for iOS, once iPhone 5.01-S/C gets released next month, it will plummet into an abyss of utter chAiOS!!

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 17:02 5

79. 14545 (Posts: 1640; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


What are you doing wrong? Mine only lags when I underclock it below 1.0 and even then it is barely noticeable. My Gnex was another story though. Oh, and that's using the powersave governor, so I still don't understand what you are doing wrong if you actually have an S4. If you want to knock sammy for their poor antenna designs or bloat, be my guest, but don't say that android is laggy anymore. Because that is a flat lie.

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 17:13 5

80. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Can you not address people more respectfully? "Kid" "fanboys" etc are few words that you have too much affection for and can't help but repeating them almost on every post.. Honestly before calling anyone "kid" you need to disclose your mental age first.

Now come .. yell at me :)

posted on 02 Sep 2013, 17:41 5

83. Credo (Posts: 749; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


lol facebook on my NL920 opens faster than on my fathers S4 with s600, and it's in beta too!

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