Phone makers move away from Windows Phone because of high licensing fees and Nokia competition

Phone makers move away from Windows Phone because of high licensing fees and Nokia competition
Phone makers are either moving away from Windows Phone or putting their plans for the platform on hold, according to DigiTimes’ sources. There are a few reasons for this. First and foremost, Microsoft has only managed to get a market share of 3%, and additionally its platform comes with hefty licensing fees and manufacturers have to compete with Nokia.

Nokia holds an overwhelming majority of Windows Phone sales. Recent data showed in May 2013 the Finnish company sold more than 80% of all Windows Phones leaving little space for others.

HTC, Samsung and Huawei all initially jumped on the Windows Phone 8 opportunity with new devices, but since the initial launches they have not offered a single new device, while Nokia has released a total of six WP8 handsets.

Chinese manufacturers like Acer, Asus and ZTE intended on launching Windows Phone 8 handsets in 2013 but have now pushed back their plans. Here, the main reasons are Microsoft’s unwillingness to lower the high licensing fees for its mobile platform and Nokia’s strong positions. Microsoft holds a tight grip on Windows Phone and that also makes it harder to differentiate.

source: DigiTimes

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151 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Windows Phone=Nokia

15. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

nokia pwns all!

112. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

nokia is king of wp, then who want to come in Nokia land. i'm seeing nokia is rising and every OEM seeing that too. and i hope nokia will reach around 95% marketshare in WP.

133. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I don't thing major phone makers care...its the small companies like LG and HTC no offense that care so congrats you can have 99.99% share if not 100 I still will refuse to use icrap and windows

138. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

then what u use on your pc. android? u can't hide this.

16. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

anytime......

19. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nokia attack HTC aggressively for their WP phone. Looks like Nokia is getting a great deal out of Microsoft after all.

25. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

It's more like a dead platform. I don't see wp8 doing well! Look what happened to Windows Mobile, for the past 8 years it was failing, so what diffrence was Wp7 and Wp8 do! All manufactures tried befor and it lead to loss, a big flop! The only reason Nokia has gone for a free ride, which they don't pay nothing. MS is funding Nokia to keep Nokia floating. That is a nonsense that Wp fees are high, who the hell would want there company to bleed. Ms Wp8 you are a "Fail"™

36. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

you repeat yourself , every day , same words , same retard brain . GTFO and live us alone tard

119. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

Let wp8 belong to nokia.

37. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Hey Troll, I read your comments a lot and think you're a very knowledgeable person when it comes to tech... It's only your profile name that people hate, but if they read what you say, some might learn... I need you to trade mark the name "Nokiasoft" for me bud! Hahaha---- "NOKIASOFT" Windows new OEM... Hehehe @TROLL

43. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Cool™

40. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You suck

42. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Are you 13 Bluesky....? Couldn't you come with an answer, instead of saying "You suck" off topic! ®

49. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

And you're 6, TROLL. Couldn't you come with a positive comment, instead of saying "Wp8 dead", "Wp8 fail" blah blah blah.......!! You suck.™

73. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

"NOKIASOFT".... To the rescue!!! LOOK! Up in the Sky! IT'S a Bird.!. It's a PLANE.!. No, it's just a Big ole Phone... It's "NOKIASOFT"... Dutt, dutt, dutt------ Dunnnnn, dutt, dutt, dutt, dutt, dutt---- Duuuunnnnn.

89. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

I think it's more pathetic that 6 people liked his comment.

58. wurmZ

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 11, 2013

at TROLL: Why not make the difference yourself by changing your perception? Windows phone is trying to move forward, why not make a push up north instead of pulling down south?

63. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Save your keystrokes. This one's a WP-hater troll through and through. If it's not Android, it must be rubbish to him.

77. wurmZ

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 11, 2013

hahaha you right. I always read PA everyday and it is very annoying to read comments that are laden with so much hate. It only shows their breed, pack of wolves. Maybe the weight of the bashing will have a corresponding value in cents.

95. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Look I don't have anything against windows phone, tried it wasn't for me. But that comment, really? That like instead of saying a Ford Escort is slow you'd say it moves at a comfortable pace. The point is not everyone is going to like everything. If someone wants to dislike something it's their right as much as it is for someone else to like something. Personally I usually don't comment on something I have no interest in unless I see what I perceive to be an error. Otherwise it'd be like a bunch of Vikings fans going into a Packers bar and trying to convert them.

131. wurmZ

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 11, 2013

@VZWuser76: you already said that not everyone is going to like everything. My point was, if you do not like a certain platform you can voice your discontent but not through bashing. There is a difference between constructive criticism and destructive trolling.

65. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I always said that ive never seen any customer interest in windows phones which was true until the lumia 520, its continually sell out and have customers regularly asking when its back in stock

82. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

You have no clue as usual. There will be a third OS that will occupy the "Sprint position" A solid 3rd place alternative to Android and IOS, and it will be Window phones.

94. Nasheer_B

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Is it me or did the thumbs down button disappear?

101. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

its been gone since yesterday, before apples' event, you can guess why. It was supposed to be antitroll measures but to me it seems more like encouraging trolls.

152. Nasheer_B

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

What's so special about Apple products?

96. Dastrix unregistered

Clearly, your opinion is flawed. Stop making us laugh. Instead of arguing subjectively, learn to face the facts, retard. Oh, but I almost forgot. You're too immature to understand what I just said, and probably can't even develop any constructive argument because judging by your grammar and vocabulary, you sound like a mentally unstable kid who's so full of hate that all you can ever do is throw up sh!t from your mouth. What a terrible childhood you must've gone though! I'm going to say this again, fair and square. Truth hurts, I know. Your bullsh!t isn't enlightening us in any way. So, the least you can do is STFU or GTFO!

97. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

yeah right NEXT

104. shobhit

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

where is my dislyk button

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