Acer: No Windows Phone without larger market share

Acer: No Windows Phone without larger market share
At MWC, Microsoft announced several new manufacturers joining the list of companies that would be making Windows Phone devices. Acer, a company that used to have a Windows Phone model, the Allegro, was not one of those companies.

Despite having a robust line of Windows based tablets (and of course PCs), Acer has kept its distance from Windows Phone for a couple years now. From the looks of things, that is not going to change anytime soon.

Saying that it “can’t take the risk” on Windows Phone, Acer cites a lack of consumer demand and a poor selection of applications. “The Windows Phone Store is improving. But if there are 350,000 apps and it doesn’t include the top 100, then it’s no good for consumers. For example, if you don’t have the local banking aps, then it is a naught to certain people.”

Another area that Acer is not keen on Windows Phone is with regards to market share. Despite the growth, the current share in Europe for example, about 7%, is not enough for Acer to commit. “We are having conversations with Microsoft, and if they index Windows Phone to 10 to 15%, we are interested.”

While Acer’s pensiveness is understandable to a point, the company runs the risk of losing out on the groundswell that is Windows Phone’s current growth rate. Assuming that Microsoft meets its goals of seeing its mobile OS exceed 15% market share by 2017, the growth rate will have slowed considerably by then and with all the new players entering the market with their own Windows Phone devices, Acer may have trouble finding a seat at the table.

sources: The Inquirer via Neowin

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83 Comments

1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Oh well.. Their loss.. Besides, I'd rather have Lenovo, and all the other companies who have committed to producing WP devices in the near future.. ..................... A Sony WP device... Wow, that would be awesome..

5. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

+1 for Lenovo.

41. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

Now that nokia microsoft have started with Android. Then I can not see any reason for WP ! I had a WP earlier but is inferor. It is not but a Beta OS, Ecosystem This is very strange Acer have to pay licence to microsoft and nokia dont have to pay licens. This is not fair!!

53. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The only thing that is in Beta is your common sense. WP is awesome.

47. sgodsell

Posts: 6588; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its nice that Google owns a percentage of lenovo now. And all Motorola phones will be made by them.

60. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

when did google buy a percentage of lenovo and how much?

62. sgodsell

Posts: 6588; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Just recently when they sold off Motorola to lenovo. Part of that deal was to have shares in lenovo. Just Google it.

63. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

What does that have to do with anything?

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I wouldn't mine a Lenovo myself, currently using their 11.6in Lynx Tablet and loving it.

32. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Yeah, Lenovo can make solid hardware, though phones are bit "meh". I'm really waiting for the Kutcher/Kelso designed line-up

76. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yes!!

30. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

They are better off from wp. Because annoying wp fans like you will never buy anything other than nokia.

36. eharris560

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

All annoying Android fans like you want Nokia to make a high end phone. So see you have something in common.

43. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Who wants a crappy nokia with forked android. No play store, no chrome, no gmail, no google+ then its not of my taste.

54. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

i dont think he said android fans want a forked high end andriod phone but honestly for the past year every nokia article has had a few android fans pleading for nokia to make android well now they made somewhat of an android phone and still fans are crying

51. sgodsell

Posts: 6588; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its one thing to make an Android phone. Its another thing to use the Android name to push the sales of WP. What Google Apps and services are on these phones. Oh wait. None. So Microsoft and Nokia are riding the coattails of Googles Android to generate numbers and revenue. Revenue that WP cannot generate. Look at the numbers. It takes about 6 months of WP sales to generate what Android sells in about a week.

65. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

So, what are you going to do?? Cry about it??... I swear you Android fans are the biggest bunch of cry babies I've ever seen. ............... You see a WP related article just stay off it unless you have something to contribute beside BS!

55. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

We are tech fans, we are the minority of smartphone users, the majority purchase from other OEM's and judging by the millions of WP that was sold last year that was not from Nokia, there is a market out there, Acer is shooting themselves in the foot.

66. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Right.. It says so in the article..

64. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol!!! Troll.. Stay off of WP related articles and you will see less of my annoying a$$ ........................ And, if Nokia provides the best smartphone experience, of any platform, then why would I buy anything else?... Ha! How smart are you?... Obviously not very... Sad.

42. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

yeahh. and that will kill the sony.

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

If WP market share exceed 15%, who would care and buy Acer phone?!

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

First WP will break 15% by 17.. And, a lot of people would buy a Acer device if the price is right... But, these devices probably wouldn't be for markets like the US,, except if they were pre paid devices..

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Acer phones are quite cheap, most of them are low end and mid end devices, the high end one is only the Liquid S2 which is their current flagship, and it's the first phone to have the 4K video recording feature. But I don't really like Acer phones, their phones have boring looking and nothing to wow about, they should improve their design.

8. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah, they won't be missed.. But, the more WP OEM's the better...

49. sgodsell

Posts: 6588; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I remember back in 2011 reports back then were telling everyone that WP was going to have 25% by 2015. As it stands today WP barely has 3% of the market. During all of 2013 Android and iOS made up 94% of all the smartphone sales, leaving only 6% for Blackberry, Symbian, WP, and the rest.

67. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Who cares?.... Why do you even comment on WP articles.. We know you have Zero faith in the platform, you are super biased against it, and that you would never give it a fair assessment.. So, why would we listen to anything you have to say?... Never reply to me ever again...

73. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

You should care. If the market share doesn't get into the double digits, MS will make drastic changes, which could end up killing WP as it is today. Every WP user should care.

79. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

But, the question is why do you care?

80. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

What business does a troll like you have telling me how to view my platform?.. Why should I listen to you, or care about your opinion, when all you can input is unconstructive criticism about WP?.. Tell me, how, and why should I think that your points are valid?...... Why should any WP fan?... Who are you?.. Why are you here?

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