Analytics firms show contrasting stats regarding Windows Phone's growth

Analytics firms show contrasting stats regarding Windows Phone's growth
So, how is Microsoft's struggling mobile platform doing these days? It looks like only Microsoft knows, because the analytics firms aren't really on the same page. For example, companies Statcounter and NetApplications have revealed strikingly contrasting data about the operating system's recent market performance.

Statconter, which collects its data by measuring hits to a wide number of websites, is indicating a slight, but steady increase in Windows Phone's web share. On the other hand, NetApplications seems to have witnessed a sharp decline in Windows Phone's share for the month of April, as seen on the graphics below. The thing is that NetApplications applies regional correction to its data, and that is seen as one of the main reasons for the difference in the results. That, however, doesn't make much sense to us, because NetApplications has also observed a pretty decent growth for WP until April of this year. Either the company has changed something in the way it collects its data, or there's something else at play here.

We're wouldn't say that these stats are completely inaccurate or something, but the simultaneous release of these researches shows us that they can sometimes be a bit misleading when looked at without any reference.

At the end of the day, Windows Phone seems to be growing steadily for now, albeit at not a very fast pace.

via: WMPoweruser

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29 Comments

1. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 619; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

WP at the very least deserves a bronze medal.

10. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Before we go handing out any medals I'd like to know they're actually in the race. Since the launch of WP I've seen only one WP device in the field. Just one. Exactly the same number of Blackberry Z10's that I've seen.

18. superstar

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

I'm sorry but on what basis are you saying this on, the Z10 is over priced competing with every high end device out and according to the like's of both phonearena and cnet there are a myriad of windows phones which rate better. What appeal does blackberry have over windows phone. Worse design worse hardware Fewer apps worse software less choices more pricey Windows phones greatest strength is Nokia whilst it has Nokia to help it will succeed. For me there are only 2 choices Nokia Lumia or nexus.

20. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

Based entirely on empirical observation. I'm not at all downplaying the merits of the platforms, nor did I imply that one was better than another. All I'm saying is that for all the progress WP has made, I've seen only one in the field. The landscape here in SoCal is all Apples and Androids. Either that, or people are keeping their WP handsets out of site.

22. superstar

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

Fair enough but the way that I see things as a consumer Iphones are too restrictive. I currently do use an android phone and am happy with it for now. However I only see windows phone as the other alternative as it does things differently enough to android to have it's own Independent merits such simplicity and unique design and features found in Nokia's line up. However for me it needs a proper notification system like android has and have a few other compelling feature to justify the move. Which i hope It will have in a year or two when i next upgrade. The problem I have with Blackberry is it's still a young os and it may take 2-3 years to develop enough to be really considered as a viable alternative and when i have been waiting long enough for windows phone i don't see the point as windows offers the alternative to android that i would be happy with.

29. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I own 5, and I have come across 4 others and converted at least a dozen :) that said, I don't pay attention to other peoples phones much.

21. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

worse (or worst?) design? you do know that BB10 has one of the best design around? a lot of people dont know that it has removable battery because it looks like a uni phone.. unlike the s3.. worst hardware? tell me, what's the difference between Lumia 920 and Z10's hardware? they both have the same CPU (snapdragon) Speed (1.5 ghz) number of cores (dual) yet Z10 give 2GB of RAM! it might not be corning gorilla glass but the fact that its not only corning can give tough glass.. maybe its dragontrail or xensation glass! fewer apps? recently announce that they got 100,000 apps, that's 35,000 less than WP and theres a lot of apps that available to BB10 and not on WP (for example WAZE) and a lot more coming! its not s**tty content, its just they're not that popular! there's a lot of good alternative in BB world! worst software? THIS MADE ME LAUGH! QNX is one of the best software i saw!!! really amazing! the launch of PlayBook might be a disaster coz it lack some key apps but its fluidity is amazing! and BB10 on its version 1.0 is the best software lauch to date coz it dont have that much bug.. while WP back in WP7 is sucks like hell! less choices? you do know that they just announce BB10 and just release 2 amazing phones? look at apple only release 1 phone per year yet its a hit... while BB will still release phones with a promise of 6 phones this year! and BlackBerry Live is just around the corner! more pricey? then dont buy on release! they'll cut down the price eventually! but the best option is buying an unlock phone! coz all flagship cost the same if unlock! for you maybe but A LOT OF CONSUMERS wanted A LOT OF CHOICES!! so FVCK OFF!

27. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

"Worse design worse hardware Fewer apps worse software less choices more pricey" Disagree on some of 'em. - Design/Hardware. Nokia produced some of the best design/hardware. But I don't think Z10 is bad at all. But then.. the Credit goes to Nokia. Not WP - Fewer Apps. Slightly agree with this one. I have both devices. And I do think WP has more and better quality apps. BUT. The Z10 can sideload Android apps. Some of popular sideloaded Android apps can run on the Z10 nicely. - Worse Software. Not agree. I do think each Software has its own merit. Both are better than IOS for sure. WP has the looks but I do think BB10 has the better function. The Hub is Amazing! - Less choice. Agree. WP, especially Nokia has covered all price range at the moment. Not to mention more colors. BUT BB is the ONLY high end phone with a physical keyboard (Q10). So that makes it interesting. - Pricey/Overpriced. Agreed on this one. the Z10/Q10 is priced the same as high end Android. While WP Flagship- Nokia Lumia 920 gives more but with less price than the Z10.Q10 (Bigger/Hypersensitive Screen, OIS- Pureview Camera, Wireless Charging),

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

they will get silver medal in some years for sure. I'm seeing bright future in 2014 for WP.

2. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

wp8 has the potential for growth,just needs to fill in missing things like a unified notifcations center, system wide file manager, universal search and certain necessary apps,all in all i like the platform,its truly different from android and ios and that's what it should be

3. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

it seems Microsoft is trying to Rig the numbers,to show growth

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, to me it seemed like you manipulated your dad, Zeus, to mislead people by telling peeps at NetApplications to lower the growth rate.

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

WP is safe right now, but the only OS in danger is BB! (not so danger by the way) WP needs to keep it up to get the silver medal, and BB needs to keep it up to stay on the safe level!

5. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

Wp grows very well like a child who has father and mother. the father is Microsoft and the mother is Nokia. you know guys Nokia is a good mother she loves her children. it breast-feeds the stander 2 years. lol

9. lovefist unregistered

dude you are creepy..

14. jericalvarez

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 27, 2013

dude oh yeah

6. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

The reason for conflicting stats being reported about the growth of WP can be attributed primarily to lobby efforts by those heavily invested in both Apple and Google. They don't want Microsoft and Nokia to change the existing mobile computing landscape, and are doing everything in their power to interfere. However, those efforts are worthless, since the Lumia's are great devices and many consumers still like Nokia. Also, Microsoft is too rich and powerful to be contained and it has to grow and expand in order to make-up for the dropping sales of traditional desktop and laptop PC's... However, Nokia registered a twenty-seven percent growth in popularity their Lumia devices this past quarter, which tells a more accurate story about the growth of Nokia and Windows Phone in general. At the very least, Microsoft and Nokia have third place locked up, and I believe this particular platform will continue to grow in both popuarlity and sales. Go Nokia!!! :o)

16. shammont

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Right On!

19. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

And I thought you're a smart one.. Lobbying????!!? Damn, the irony.. Lobying and dirty play(and hijacking online polls btw) are what MICROSOFT is expert at. And you think Google and Apple give a fart about windows phone? Hahaha. Check the sales numbers, and think again. Android last quarter numbers: over 130 million phones sold IPhone last quarter numbers: 37 million iPhones sold WP numbers: around 7 million units There is NO comperition here

25. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

WP is selling higher today then it did 12 months, which was higher then the 12 months before that. Statistics show the Microsoft, Nokia, AT&T, and Verizon promotions are getting the average cell phone user to become aware of WP8, which is something that was not true for the past 24 months. And MS is improving the cross platform support, which is bring WP up to speed with tools and options (much slower then what those of us who like WP want, but the improvements are coming). Right now, I will accept that WP is not really competition for Android and Apple. But there was a time Toyota wasn't competition for the big three. There was a time that tablets were no compition for laptops. There was a time when Apple was no compition for Microsoft. All the people cheering for the demise of WP so they can scream "SEE!!! I TOLD YOU SO!!!" are really just not seeing this is a viable, well funded, and well prepared mobile option from a company with a new vision of where they want to be in 5 years and the patience and funds to make it happen.

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And what about the numbers that had/have iOS losing market share to Android? Another conspiracy theory in that case too? Cuz thats what you posted ...conspiracy.... Sometimes...its just a case of it is what it is.

7. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

does it really matter?? It's an excellent platform, end of story

8. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

I keep seeing more of Go Nokia Comments! Face it guys we geeks missed Nokia. The Quality and crystal cear reception. So Go Nokia!

11. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Slow and steady, slow and steady.

12. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Looks like to me NetApplications has most of their 401K investment in Apple and or Google. Anything to shut down the competition. If you want to call WP competition. :)

13. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I love Windows Phone !

17. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Two different ad companies get two different results? Who knew! /sarcasm Though, I'd like to know what sites they both sell ads to, so we'd get a clearer picture (i.e, one could sell ads to a much bigger site than the other).

26. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

What do you say we give WP time. I am not in a hurry.

28. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

They'll probably keep steadily climbing, increment by increment. However, an April decline could probably just be ticked off as early adopters, or switchers who returned their phones. It's a good OS, but... it still may not be right for everyone. Either way, down any road you take you'll hit a speed bump sooner or later.

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