Latest stats from Gartner show why Microsoft's presence in smartphone hardware is a joke

Latest stats from Gartner show why Microsoft's presence in smartphone hardware is a joke
Earlier today, we told you that Gartner's latest stats revealed that for the first time in history, iPhone sales declined on a year-over-year basis during a calendar quarter. That is in dispute considering that Apple's data indicates that they sold 74.8 million units from October through December, up from the 74.5 million sold in the same quarter last year. Gartner's data, which shows sales to end users, credited Apple with 71.5 million iPhone sales for the 2015 quarter versus 74.8 in 2014. According to Gartner, Apple's share of Q4 global smartphone sales was 17.7%, down from 20.4% last year

Leading the world in smartphone sales during the last quarter of the year, Samsung rang up 83.4 million handsets in the fourth quarter, according to Gartner. That was roughly 10 million more units than the manufacturer sold in 2014's fourth quarter. Samsung's share of the global smartphone market rose from 19.9% to 20.7% year-over-year.

After Samsung and Apple, Huawei was third with a solid 8% of the smartphone market during the period. The manufacturer's market share was 40% higher than the 5.7% it had during 2014's fourth quarter. Sales rose from 21 million to 32.1 million. The company's first Nexus model, the Nexus 6P, was a hit. Lenovo and Xiaomi finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Both lost market share and suffered through lower sales.

For all of 2015, Samsung was the leader with 320.2 million smartphones sold. While that was up from the 307.6 million it sold in 2014, the overall 9.7% gain in smartphone sales for the year reduced Sammy's market share from 24.7% to 22.5%. Apple was second with sales of 225.9 million iPhones, good enough for 15.9% of the global smartphone market. That was up from 2014's 15.4%. The rest of the top five for 2015 includes Huawei (7.3%), Lenovo (5.1% with Motorola) and Xiaomi (4.6%).

Android (80.7%) and iOS (17.7%) combined to account for more than 98% of smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2015. Windows powered handsets accounted for just 1.1% of market share world wide in the October-December period. That was down sharply from the 2.8% share that these handsets had in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Blame it on the long wait for Windows 10 Mobile, or you can blame it on Microsoft's lack of marketing even during a holiday shopping quarter. Whatever you think the reason is for Windows' poor showing, the bottom line is that the software giant is making no effort to grab any decent share of the market away from iOS or Android. Only BlackBerry's .2% market share in the fourth quarter prevents Microsoft from being on the bottom of the chart.

Considering that Microsoft makes much more money by licensing patents for Android users than it does by selling Windows powered handsets, the truth is simple. Microsoft is only in the smartphone hardware game to show that it has some sort of presence in mobile, as minuscule as it is.

source: Gartner



1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Here's to hoping that Microsoft keeps churning out sub $100 Lumia phones.


Posts: 941; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Not when India is making $4 Android phones lol

14. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Which is a fraud. Just google.

16. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

not necessarily google. just internet. lol!!!

17. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Let's be honest here google is internet. Lolz

19. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

The $4 phone is useless.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7459; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It has a 4" qHD display (960x540), with a Quad core 1.3 ghz CPU, 1 gb of ram, 8 gb of expandable storage, 3.2 mp camera, 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth. Of course it doesn't have the latest and greatest specifications. However you are getting an Android lollipop device with no bloatware. So just remember people only have to pay $4. I just wish they had this device in North America.

27. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Only if I had $4, I would buy a six inch sandwich at Subway...Really???? You've got to be kidding me!!

43. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

It's a scam.The actual device is manufactured by Adcom.Indian Govt. has issued a warrant against that fake company.So basically, your $4 won't give you anything.

2. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

if lumias are jokes, 1440p amoled screens, sd cards, starting from 32gb, flawless os, ok apps not 1millon but no need. and now compare specs to most expensive phone 750p/16gb/no sd/ no wireless charging, etc,etc,. so this statement is a bit stupid. and yes i had lumia 930, then iphone 5s, now galaxy s6 edge.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Lumias are not jokes. Windows 10 mobile is.

6. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i used lumia 930 for a bout half year, i swapped iphone 5s to lumia, at some point i wanted iphone back because lumia was bigger phone, i did not wanted ever to use samsung because of touchwiz, since samsung is best phone right now, by the best i mean screen and body screen ratio is main thing for me, i did some research how to get rid of touchwiz, and i get samsung s6 edge. i would take 950 lumia any day, its same as ios a bit more modern looking with less useless apps.

9. TyrionLannister unregistered

Yeah, your reply was in no way related to my comment.

37. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Wp has no apps and games.

33. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

$200 phone that use SD212 is a joke

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

IMO, Microsoft needs to ditch Windows OS and adopt and adapt Android. WM 10 has some cool features like Cortana and Continuum, the latter of which I'd love to try. The problem is, and always has been, the lack of apps catch-22. Developers can't be bothered to make apps for WP because of the tiny market share, which keeps WP with a tiny market share because people don't want a phone with no apps. If they could somehow adapt Continuum to work on Android, giving you the ability to use your phone, complete with everything Google and the Play Store has to offer (and other markets, like Amazon), on your Windows PC, that'd be a phone worth owning. Worth spending several hundred bucks on a flagship phone. But a flagship phone with a paltry app selection and limited use is like buying a Hummer to go grocery shopping. If Microsoft wants to continue the Lumia line, they need apps. The apps that people want, need, and use. My local credit union doesn't have a WP app. Popular games that actually get WP ports take forever, and many never reach WP. Make Continuum work with Android, and I'll be interested in a Lumia. Beyond that, nobody's going to care about Windows Phones apart from the cheapest ones offered by prepaid MVNOs.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7459; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What the hell are you going on about. As it stands today you can plug in a USB keyboard and mouse to almost any Android phone. You can also use Bluetooth keyboards and mice. You can also use a Chromecast, Miracast, slimport, mhl, USB-C, and even some devices have HDMI ports built in. Android scales very well and will automatically change the display size to fit the display.

35. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Automatically changes the display size? Not really. A G3 is not going to all of a sudden display 4k on a 80in monitor, with proper text sizes etc...doesn't work that way. It will take it give it to the tv or device it is casting on, and that device will ratio the rest out. Also yes you can use keyboard and mouse on android, but its so far so useless that even 1billion android users and devs have not forced google to do anything more than 'screen share'. Also as pointing in the screen grab, this is not 'scaling' anything from android. Or true scaling, true two screens, true adaption to screen size:

34. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

No you're not evaluating the market, not all of us like android and the more choices the better. I love windows phone and everything that I need is there so if that's the case there's nothing stopping people like me from getting a lumia.

42. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Just no. Choice is best for customers. And there are too many Androids already, I don't want another. Also I'm getting sick of iOS and Android duopoly. Need something new and worthy in the market. If a big company like Microsoft ditches WinMo and jump to Android, then who else will dare to challenge the duopoly?

44. TerryTerius unregistered

In theory that should be true. But Microsoft has been in mobile for what, a decade and a half now? With their continually slipping market share, massive layoffs and declining phone sales, I'm not convinced they are going to stay in mobile for much longer. At least not in terms of hardware.

5. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

"Microsoft's presence in smartphone hardware is a joke" that's rude

22. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

While it is rude they, as authors, can write whatever they want, even if they're supposed to stay neutral.

25. nighthawk_al

Posts: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

You are right, but I am sure that most of us do not come here to read "whatever authors want to write". We come here to read facts, preferably displayed in a neutral way, so we can form our own opinions. So the authors should stop writing "whatever they want" if they want us to come back, or disable our dear "Adblocker"

45. TerryTerius unregistered

There aren't many reviewers and sites that are supposedly neutral. That has been the reality of news in general for the past 20 years or so, regardless of whether you're talking about tech, cars, or the actual news. What you're saying is true in principle, but not what we have gotten in practice for decades. And people only usually bring it up anyway when authors say something they don't agree with. Note, I said usually. Aside: Really, by definition a review cannot be unbiased since it is that person's opinion about any given product. The only way that wouldn't be true is if they just read you a list of what is inside of a device, what features it has, or what it's made out of. Funnily enough, that is exactly why we have reviewers to give their opinions in the first place since spec sheets don't really tell you what a product is like in reality.

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is gonna be skewed concerning BB because they are using Android now. The entire market share shift from 2014 to 2015 is mind boggling. Everybody lost market share except Android. Wow.

8. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Same thing they said about tablet sector and they are threatening Apple and Android tablets Don't write Microsoft off

46. TerryTerius unregistered

Given tablet and PC sales in general are declining YOY, I'm not exactly sure that is an apt comparison. The question is how long Microsoft is willing to bleed money on top of the 8 billion they've already lost before they either pull the plug or move to focusing on enterprise. Software is one thing, but I am highly skeptical that in a stagnating market with slowing sales Microsoft is suddenly going to see an explosion in the sales of their phones. I am not at all saying it's impossible. Microsoft is a huge company with enormous resorces and in theory they could turn things around. I'm just saying that is highly unlikely.

10. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

" THAT Microsoft's presence in smartphone hardware is a joke." The "why" is still more ambiguous, and your one line analysis of "the truth" is far from insightful.


Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Are they really being serious with this Microsoft has yet to even take the smartphone serious. They dont care about being the best its just how many devices can run windows 10 core. Market share isn't a concern cause there not trying to compete just like the nexus devices. They letting oems take the lead.

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