As Windows Phone share grows, some see Android KitKat for low-end devices as a direct answer to Lumia 520

As Windows Phone share grows, some see Android KitKat for low-end devices as a direct answer to Lumia 520
Market research firm Kantar has released its Q3 mobile industry report, and the verdict is the same as that of ABI Research last week - the biggest mover is Windows Phone. Granted, Kantar's numbers cover the five major European markets, where Windows Phone sales have been particularly strong on account of Nokia's brand name recognition, as opposed to the US.

Still, Kantar reminds that on average one of ten smartphones sold in UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain is a Windows Phone. That predominantly means a Lumia, as Nokia makes the vast majority of phones with Microsoft's mobile OS. The leap in Europe comes on the heels of such a WP bump in places like Australia and Latin America, and Kantar's Dominic Sunnebo has an explanation:


In fact, some analysis is suggesting that Google went through the trouble to optimize Android 4.4 KitKat for devices with as little as 512 MB of RAM in an era where some handsets are pushing the 3 GB barrier because it wants to curb the success of phones like the Lumia 520. Nokia sold millions of that colorful cheap handset in emerging markets last quarter, displacing entry level Androids there without a doubt.


source: Kantar & NPU

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